Harwich: Couple rescued from drowning after vessel capsized

A COUPLE were saved from freezing cold water in a dramatic rescue today after their dinghy capsized leaving one of them trapped underneath.

The pair were sailing off the Harwich coast, near Gas House Creek, this afternoon when their 18ft Wayfarer dinghy tipped over leaving a man trapped under the vessel and his partner alongside in the freezing water.

They were wearing life jackets which inflate when they hit water so the man was unable to free himself.

The RAF Sea King rescue helicopter was on exercise at Walton so flew to the couple’s aid, rescuing the man from beneath the vessel, while the inshore and all-weather lifeboats from Harwich took the stranded woman back to shore.

They were reunited at Harwich lifeboat station where they were treated for minor cuts, but neither one needed further medical help.


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