Three in hospital after river rescue drama

A MAN and two children were taken to hospital after their dinghy capsized off Aldeburgh today.

Boatmen from the town’s yacht club raced out into the River Alde, after an onlooker raised the alarm, to rescue the trio who were clinging to the upended hull.

Paramedics were also called and waited on shore for the three casualties to be brought to safety.

The drama unfolded shortly before 1pm when the dinghy, with a man and two boys on board, capsized and began taking on water.

The air ambulance was also dispatched but was stood down when rescuers learned that boatmen had reached the dinghy.

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All three of the party had managed to scramble onto the overturned boat by the time help arrived.

When they reached shore they were taken by ambulance to Ipswich Hospital suffering from the effects of the cold, though neither the man nor the boys were showing signs of hypothermia.

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