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Dockmaster rewarded for bravery after saving baby

Sam Cooper-Stevens was rescued from Watchet harbour Credit: Family photograph

A dockmaster from West Somerset who jumped into a harbour to rescue a baby has been awarded for his bravery by the county council. 63 year old George Reeder leapt into the water to save six month old Sam Cooper-Stevens after his pushchair was blown from the quayside in Watchet in January.


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Photo of baby Sam

This is the photo of six month old Sam Cooper Stevens, who is recovering well at Musgrove Park Hospital after spending several minutes underwater when his buggy fell into Watchet marina.

He was rescued by the dockmaster and given CPR by a family friend before being flown by air ambulance to Taunton.

6 month old Sam Cooper Stevens Credit: Family photo
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Baby rescued from Watchet marina

A baby's had a miraculous escape after being rescued from the marina at Watchet in Somerset.

The six month old was pulled from 12 feet of water after his buggy rolled into the harbour.

He was rescued by dockmaster George Reeder and taken to hospital where he's described as 'comfortable'.

The wind caught the buggy and it ended up in the harbour.

I heard the commotion and jumped on the bike to cycle over. When I got there the mum was screaming and I saw the buggy floating.

I jumped in and swam over and turned the buggy over and pulled it over. I was just in the right place at the right time.

– Dockmaster George Reeder


Royal visit marks lighthouse's 150th anniversary

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visited the Somerset town of Watchet today.

The little harbour, between Minehead and Burnham on Sea, is one of only a few refuges for yachts along the often wild West Somerset coast.

The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque marking the 150th anniversary of the lighthouse. She came in her capacity as president of the Royal Yachting Association.

Our Somerset correspondent, David Woodland has been looking at the history of the harbour and the lighthouse - which was once accidentally demolished!

Princess Anne to mark lighthouse anniversary

Princess Anne visits Watchet today. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The Princess Royal is in Watchet in West Somerset today.

Princess Anne is visiting in her capacity as president of the Royal Yachting Association. She will unveil a plaque to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the town's lighthouse.

It's 22 feet tall and was built in 1860 to guard the entrance to the marina.

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