At 2.40 pm this afternoon Brixham Coastguard were alerted by National Coast Watch Institute Froward to a person in the water at the entrance to the River Dart. The 19 year old man had been flung into the water when his rigid hulled inflatable boat collided with part of a tree which was floating just below the surface.
Brixham Coastguard immediately launched the new RNLI Dartmouth Inshore Lifeboat and tasked Coastguards to attend the scene. A broadcast was made to vessels in the area and the fishing vessel Deborah Jane was able to retrieve the man from the water.
Dave Scullion, Brixham Coastguard Watch Manager says: "This man was very lucky as the impact had caused him to lose consciousness, he had lost his helmet and his lifejacket had been damaged and had the effect of pushing him under. He had very quickly become hypothermic and was transferred by the lifeboat to the hospital at Dartmouth for treatment."
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