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Man dies after falling from boat
8:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
A MAN has died after falling from a boat on the river Roach in Paglesham.
The man, in his seventies, was found by two men from the nearby Paglesham Boatyard, lying on mudflats.
He was winched aboard an RAF Sea King helicopter and taken to Colchester General Hospital, but could not be saved.
Another man and a boy, believed to be the victim’s grandson, also had to be rescued by the emergency services after trying to save their relative.
Gary Dunn, yard manager of Paglesham Boatyard, and John Rogers, tried to save the man after a dog walker said people were being swept out to sea and a man was lying in the mud.
They called coastguards and jumped into Mr Rogers’ boat.
Mr Dunn said: “Initially we headed over to where the man in the mud was laying. He wasn’t moving.
“We’d sighted the other two who were standing up a little further downstream, and they didn’t appear to be in any immediate danger at that point.
“We weren’t able to get close enough to the chap on the mud to be able to assist him due to the shallow water, so we headed down to pick up a young man and a gentleman, who was the owner of the motor cruiser the man had fallen from.”
Mr Dunn added: “When we got to them they were sat in the dinghy close to the shore. We got the boat as close as we could and managed to heave a line out to them and pull the boat in, and then we hauled them aboard.
“Both of them were very wet and cold having been in the water.”
Mr Rogers, of Crays Hill Road, Wickford, said: “When we got to the creek we found a man who appeared to be deceased, and picked up the other two from further down the river.
“I think they were in a state of shock, because they had been carried away down the river.”
A coastguard spokeswoman said they were called out at 3.40pm on Saturday by ambulance crews to three people in difficulty.
She added: “They required immediate evacuation to hospital for the elderly gentleman.
“The RAF Sea King helicopter, from Wattisham, was scrambled along with two RNLI Lifeboat crews fromBurnham.
“The Sea King transported the man to Colchester Hospital, arriving at 4.20pm.
“The man was given CPR at the scene and during the helicopter journey.” Squadron Leader Dave Webster from the RAF Search and Rescue team, said “We were called to reports of a casualty face down in the mud flat.
“There were three people involved. Two were safe and one man was found in the mud.
“He was winched aboard by a winchman. Crews administered medical treatment all the way to Colchester Hospital.”
The death is not being treated as suspicious and a cause of death has not yet been established. Police have passed the file to the Essex Coroner’s Office.
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