Two men rescued off Watchet Marina

Somerset County Gazette: Two men resuced off Watchet Marina Two men resuced off Watchet Marina

TWO men have been rescued after becoming stuck in their powerboat just off Watchet Marina.

Swansea Coastguard was contacted by one of the men just before 11am this morning (December 30).

They reported that they were struggling in the strong winds and rough sea and couldn't get back to the marina.

The wind at the time was a force 6, gusting over 30mph.

The Watchet Coastguard Rescue Team and the Minehead RNLI inshore lifeboatwere also sent along.

Due to the tide and weather conditions, the RAF search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor was also sent.

One of the men was winched on board the helicopter and taken to Cardiff hospital showing signs of hypothermia.

The other man was taken to safety by the lifeboat.

David Jones, watch manager at Swansea Coastguard, said: "The two men on board this 3 metre powerboat had set out at 4am this morning to do some fishing.

"However, the conditions proved too tricky, and they were struggling to cope against the tide and strong winds.

"One of the men had also fallen into the water, but managed to get back on board quite quickly.

" Luckily, both were wearing lifejackets.

"They did not have a VHF radio on board so the only way to raise the alarm was to call us on a mobile phone.

"We always recommend you make an emergency call to the Coastguard from VHF radio, as you will then tell everyone within range what your situation is.

"There might be someone nearby who can help.

"With the recent stormy conditions that have been affecting large parts of the UK, it is also worth remembering to check the weather and tide times before setting out.”

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