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Old 25 November 2007, 03:14   #1
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Press Notice No: Duty 1
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Posted 17:53 GMT


At 2.40 pm this afternoon Brixham Coastguard were alerted by National Coast Watch Institute Froward to a person in the water at the entrance to the River Dart. The 19 year old man had been flung into the water when his rigid hulled inflatable boat collided with part of a tree which was floating just below the surface.

Brixham Coastguard immediately launched the new RNLI Dartmouth Inshore Lifeboat and tasked Coastguards to attend the scene. A broadcast was made to vessels in the area and the fishing vessel Deborah Jane was able to retrieve the man from the water.

Dave Scullion, Brixham Coastguard Watch Manager says:
This man was very lucky as the impact had caused him to lose consciousness, he had lost his helmet and his lifejacket had been damaged and had the effect of pushing him under. He had very quickly become hypothermic and was transferred by the lifeboat to the hospital at Dartmouth for treatment.
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Old 25 November 2007, 06:49   #2
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Yeh, estuaries and the areas around them are full of debris after heavy rains. It's always good to keep a sharp eye on the surface cos some of the stuff is pretty waterlogged.

That chap appears to have come a real cropper.

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Old 25 November 2007, 10:36   #3
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Big springs down here at the mo, lot's ofd crap in the water... this is our first shout since coming online,, luckily he's OK.
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Old 26 November 2007, 04:37   #4
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i nearly got caught out yesterday i was following my daughter in her single scull i was in a 12ft dinghy and hit something under the water and it ripped the tiller arm straight out of my hand .samantha thought id been on the cider again but in all reality it was lucky i was only going slow if i had been in a rib going faster it may have been another rescue for ed & co on a nice calm river at dittisham
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