Wednesday, 30 November 2011

COUPLE RESCUED AFTER FAILED ATTEMPT TO CLIMB ABOARD YACHT

A couple in their sixties were rescued from the water in the River Teifi, Cardigan today after their attempt to climb aboard their yacht ended with them both in the water.

Milford Haven Coastguard received a call from a member of the public at just before this morning. A member of the public reported that a fully-dressed person was in the water hanging on to the side of a boat. Whilst the call was being made another member of the public rowed out to the casualties.

It later transpired that there were two people in the water. The first fell in when the tender overturned as she tried to board the yacht. The second jumped off the yacht to help. Neither were wearing life jackets and the weather was far from ideal, with strong gusty winds and a very high tide.

Cardigan RNLI Lifeboat was sent to the scene, with coastguard rescue officers from Gwbert, who met the casualties and looked after them until an ambulance arrived.

Mike Day, from Milford Haven Coastguard, said :

“Both these people were very lucky to have been seen in the water so quickly. Our thanks go to the member of the public who went to their aid and pulled both from the water. This also shows the importance of wearing a lifejacket even for the shortest trips”

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