Man Rescued From Heavy Seas

An RNLI crew has rescued a man from heavy seas just off Torquay.

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MP questions Prime Minister over coastguard station closure

Man rescued off the coast of Torbay Credit: ITV News West Country

Following the death of a second man off the coast of Torbay in as many days - the area's MP Adrian Sanders has asked the Prime Minister to justify the closure of the nearby coastguard station.

The Torbay lifeboat was called to Princess Pier last night after the man was spotted face down in the water. Despite emergency first aid he later died and police are now investigating. It follows the death of a fisherman in heavy seas the day before.

The two deaths were today raised at Prime Minister's questions.

CPR carried out on rescued man

Local doctor and crewmember Alex Rowe and fellow crew member Michelle Fox performed CPR before the lifeboat returned to a land Ambulance team who were waiting at Haldon Pier.

The ambulance crew continued to provide casualty care for the man before transferring him to the ambulance for the onward journey to hospital.

The professionalism of Mark Criddle and his volunteer crew was absolutely first class as was the teamwork of all who took part.

– Stuart Elliman, RNLI volunteer
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