The RNLI has released dramatic footage of the moment Teignmouth lifeboat crew stopped an out-of-control speedboat and rescued a man.
The man fell aboard from his speedboat earlier this month, knocking the throttle and putting the boat into a spin. The volunteer crew raced to the scene and managed to stop it. The man, who was wearing a lifejacket, was rescued and taken to hospital as a precaution.
The pictures, courtesy of the RNLI, show the moment the crew lasso the boat and manage to switch off its endless spiral.
Little yellow fish have been painted next to many of the drains in Teignmouth. The Environment Agency has sprayed them as part of a campaign to prevent people pouring waste down them, particularly fat.
They're storm water drains that discharge straight into the sea, so any other waste will pollute the local waters.
A man has had a lucky escape after being thrown from his speedboat in Teignmouth Quay, Devon, yesterday (Friday 16 May). He had been hurled into the water from his speedboat. The boat was then going round in circles and the man was trying to swim away to safety.
The Coastguard rescue team and RNLI inshore lifeboat were sent to the scene. The lifeboat crew managed to bring the boat under control by cutting the engine.
The man had been picked up by another boat nearby and was brought ashore where he was met by Coastguard Rescue Officers. He’s since been taken to hospital to be checked over, but doesn’t appear to have been badly hurt.
It appears the man took off his kill cord as it was too short to allow him to tie up his boat. Unfortunately, he accidentally knocked the throttle, the boat jerked forward and he fell into the water. Without the kill cord, the boat’s engine didn’t cut out and then locked into driving round and round in circles. Luckily he did have a lifejacket on and was able to quickly swim away to safety and the boat was soon brought under control. We always recommend people wear their kill cord at all times when on the boat. Make sure it’s a suitable length so you can move around your vessel.
– Andre Huber, Watch Manager at Brixham Coastguard
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