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RNLI Save Windsurfer near Porth EiriasRough sea at Colwyn Bay

A MALE windsurfer in difficulty off the Colwyn Bay coast was brought to safety by Llandudno’s RNLI inshore lifeboat. The man, a North Wales university student in his 20s, got into trouble due to blustery conditions on Thursday, November 6. An RNLI spokesperson said that out of immediate shelter the winds reached “gale force” along the shore. The Llandudno RNLI were alerted by concerned residents who saw the plight of the man, and the lifeboat was launched at 11.35am from Porth Eirias. The RNLI crew quickly picked up the man and brought him safely to shore. He was reported as being “tired but otherwise unharmed”. Ashore, he was met by Llandudno Coastguard who was able to give him some appropriate sea safety advice. Water Safety Map would just like to advise extra precautions when taking to the water at this time of year. The unpredictable nature of weather makes watersports more hazardous than usual. More details: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/233 “Rough sea at Colwyn Bay” by www.flickr.com/photos/perki496, license: “creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0” – 11/11/2014

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Woman Saved From Drowning Off the Sunderland CoastEerily Calm River

A WOMAN had to be rescued by lifeboat crews after nearly drowning off the Sunderland coast. The woman, aged in her 20s, got into difficulties in the water near Old North Pier, near Sunderland Yacht Club, in Roker shortly, before 4am on Sunday. Sunderland RNLI’s D class boat was launched with volunteers rescuing her a short time later. Coastguard and police officers met her on the shore. The woman, who is suspected to have been drinking alcohol, was pulled from the sea by RNLI crews and handed over to paramedics for further treatment. She was then arrested by police, before being questioned on suspicion of causing a public nuisance. An RNLI spokesman said: “While it is unclear how this female ended up in the sea; she is extremely lucky to survive. “We strongly recommend not going into the sea after drinking alcohol as they simply do not mix.” A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “At 340am police were informed a woman was in the water just off Marine Walk, Sunderland.
“The woman was brought back to safety by the RNLI. “The woman, in her 20s, was arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance.” Water Safety Map would like to ask that you take care when near water and especially when you could be under the influence. “Eerily Calm River” by www.flickr.com/photos/swinney92, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0

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Three Surfers Drown Saving Four Children on Cornwall BeachMawgan Porth

Three adults who died after getting caught in a ‘treacherous’ rip tide off the coast of Cornwall may have entered the water to help four teenagers who got into difficulty in the choppy conditions. Stuart Calder, a 52-year-old knee surgeon from Leeds, died along with a 44-year-old man and 42-year-old woman, both from St Austell in Cornwall, after they got into trouble at Cornish beauty spot Mawgan Porth near Newquay. It is feared the trio may have been trying to rescue four teenagers who got into difficulty in the ‘six foot waves’ during a half-term holiday adventure that went tragically wrong. The RNLI said today that there were no lifeguards patrolling the beach yesterday afternoon when the tragedy occurred because it is outside ‘peak season’. It is thought Mr Calder, a father of four who worked at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and who owned his own private practice, was surfing at the beauty spot with his teenage son when they got into difficulty. The orthopaedic surgeon, who has had numerous research papers published, was on holiday in the county with his family. It is believed his wife watched the tragedy unfold from the shore. A Royal Navy helicopter and two air ambulances landed on the beach and rescuers pulled the seven surfers from the sea shortly after 1pm yesterday afternoon. The four teenagers, aged 18, 16 and 15 and described as ‘walking wounded’, were seen crying as paramedics made desperate efforts to resuscitate the adults. But they were unable to save Mr Calder and the other man and woman, who were later pronounced dead in hospital. The other victims have not yet been formally identified. “Scarlet – Mawgan Porth” by www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybudd, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0 – 28/10/2014

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Bike Thief Drowns After Plunging Into HarbourSutton Harbour -April Storm -Must rush!

A suspected bike thief drowned in the sea today after he rode into a harbour to escape police. A passer-by told how the unnamed man shouted “I can’s swim” as he struggled to stay afloat in the water. The man died after he became trapped between an old fishing boat and the harbour wall. It was still dark when the man cycled into the sea while being pursued by police around 6.30am. Navy divers, police officers and the coastguard desperately tried to rescue the man from the water. But they were unable to reach him and a body was later recovered from Sutton Harbour in Plymouth. A woman who lives locally saw the tragedy unfold when she went to feed swans in the harbour. She said: “I noticed the cop cars turn up shortly after I got here and then there were police all around the China House pub. “Then there were some police officers stood on the harbour and I offered my assistance. “I think he swam round and got himself trapped between the wreck and the wall. “I came back at about 6.45am and they had found him between the boat and the wall and you could hear him shouting.” The woman said she heard a man call out “I can’t swim” before she was asked by police to move away. More details: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/227 “Sutton Harbour -April Storm -Must rush!” by www.flickr.com/photos/the-alternative-rice, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0 – 14/10/2014

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Three Year Old Drowns in Grandparent’s PondJapanese Koi

Callum Grahame Greenwood was reported missing to the police yesterday evening and a frantic search began amid fears he had been snatched. However he was found ten minutes later in the pond and pronounced dead at hospital. Eyewitnesses described the moment the search was launched for the toddler, who had been playing at the secluded house in Newcastle. A man who works in a nearby charity shop said: “Last night at about 7pm a girl came out of that house, she was frantic and we heard then from people on the street that a baby had gone missing. “People were saying he’d been snatched. “It was terrifying, the whole community came out and everyone was running around looking in the shops and doorways for a baby. “I saw people with tears running down their eyes in panic. “We were all looking for a little boy in a green jumper.” The man added: “Then we heard he had been found in the pond and it was so tragic. “Everyone is in complete shock about it.” The house is a secluded stone property with a large garden and protected from the road by tall trees. After he was found, Callum was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, where he was pronounced dead. Police confirmed they are treated the incident as non suspicious and are currently preparing a report for the coroner. Northumbria Police Superintendent Mick Paterson said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. “They are understandably absolutely devastated and officers with specialist training are providing them with support.” More Details: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/226 “Koi” by www.flickr.com/photos/pussreboots, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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Keen Angler Drowns on Loch Lomond in Scotlandclouds over Loch lomond

The keen angler, who was known as Bob or Bobby to pals, died while on a fishing trip with another friend on Loch Lomond on Friday, August 22. Robert fell from a boat into the water and failed to resurface. It is understood that he couldn’t swim. The 67-year-old Drumchapel man’s body was pulled from the loch, near to Rowardennan Pier, the following day after an extensive search. Last week Robert Gorman, who was a close friend of Mr McKeown, told the local press how he had rushed to the scene immediately after hearing his pal was missing in a desperate attempt to find him. Robert was later asked to identify his friend’s body by police. He said: “Bobby was a close friend with whom I socialized and fished with on Loch Lomond among other places. “I got a call at home early Saturday morning advising me what happened, so I drove down to Balmaha and took my boat up to Rowardennan, where the incident occurred. “I know Bobby doesn’t have any family so I gave my name and contact details to the police so they could let me know if anything happened. “I had to identify Bobby in Drymen later on Saturday afternoon.” Last week it was revealed how following Mr McKeown’s death cops had been unable to trace his next of kin and had appealed for anyone who knew his relatives to get in touch. As Mr McKeown lived alone in Cloan Avenue, a picture of his bus pass was also released in the hope that someone might recognise him and pass word to relatives. However, despite a public appeal officers have said that they are still no further forward to finding his relatives. Crews from the Loch Lomond Rescue Boat, the Scottish Fire and Rescue, HMS Gannet, … Continue reading

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RNLI Save Man from Drowning in River Thames

Below is the moment lifeboat crews saved a man from drowning in the River Thames after he was spotted in dark waters close to Waterloo Bridge. The RNLI team from London’s Tower lifeboat station were alerted to the incident at 4.55am on Saturday morning. A crew member spotted the man as he was starting to go under water and pulled him into a life boat. Lifeboat helmsman, Steve King, said: “As the lifeboat arrived at the casualty’s position he disappeared under the surface. This is the moment lifeboat crews saved a man from drowning in the River Thames after he was spotted in dark waters close to Waterloo Bridge. The RNLI team from London’s Tower lifeboat station were alerted to the incident at 4.55am on Saturday morning. A crew member spotted the man as he was starting to go under water and pulled him into a life boat. Lifeboat helmsman, Steve King, said: “As the lifeboat arrived at the casualty’s position he disappeared under the surface. “The crew made a grab at his location where bubbles could be seen and managed to grab his arm.” The man was found to be breathing and conscious, but he had swallowed some water. He was taken back to the lifeboat station before he was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service. RNLI classified the incident as a life saved, which means if the RNLI did not attend the person would surely have died. The following day lifeboat crews were called to another person in the River Thames by the London Eye just after 4pm. More info: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/224

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Uni Student Found Dead near Baths BridgeBlue Sparkles from a water ball from Maui Toys...

A university student who had been out drinking with friends died after falling into a river, an inquest has heard. Luke Pearce, 19, was reported missing after a night out in Durham, sparking a week-long major search and rescue operation. The first year engineering student from Hounslow, was last seen walking along the River Wear in the early hours. The police were joined in their search by students from Durham University as they appealed for anyone with more information to come forward. The inquest – which was attended by Luke’s mother Kate and three sisters – heard that before his disappearance, a group of police officers and some friends had both seen him. But even though appearing drunk, they believed Luke was still capable of looking after himself. Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Andrew Tweddle said there were no injuries to indicate he had been attacked and the cause of death had been drowning. “He had been out on a night out, he had a good drink and it was a good night out,” said Mr Tweddle. “He was seen by a group of police officers who said he was definitely drunk but not falling over drunk or incapable. Not at a level where they might have to intervene to keep him safe. “He was seen by some of his friends and they did feel concerned about him. What happens next we will not know exactly, at some time he has gone into the river. “We have an accident and that’s all it was, that sounds awful just to say that but that’s what it was. The accident has led to a fatal outcome.” The inquest at Crook Civic Centre was told that around the area he is thought to have entered the water there is quite a … Continue reading

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Body Recovered Off Coast of Rhos-On-SeaRhos On Sea

The body of a man has been found in the water off Rhos on Sea. The man has been identified as 43-year-old from Runcorn, but his name has not yet been revealed. North Wales Police say that the death is currently being treated as unexplained. The RNLI and HM Coastguard took part in the recovery operation and Llandudno inshore lifeboat was launched to assist with retrieving the body. A post mortem has been carried out but the results have not been announced. An inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned by HM Coroner John Gittins in Ruthin on Monday, September 15. On Saturday morning, police cordoned off a stretch of Rhos Promenade with blue and white tape. Uniformed officers, a forensic team in white overalls and HM Coastguards could be seen at work on a jetty by boats. Onlookers also gathered along the waterfront, many mystified about what was going on. It was only later in the day that police announced that the tragic discovery had been made. Ray Herbert MBE, who runs a charity shop based in the Rhos on Sea Tourism Information centre, said: “The police cordoned off the prom very quickly. It’s very sad.” A visitor added: “I was surprised to see so many police cars. I am sorry to hear about what’s happened.” Police say their investigation is ongoing, and have asked anyone with information that could help identify the body to contact them on 0300 3300101. More info: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/221 “looking out from rhos on sea” by www.flickr.com/photos/mjtmail, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0

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Isaac Nash Still Missing off Coast of AngleseyAberffraw

Water Safety Map would just like to extend out best wishes to the family of Isaac Nash, the 12 year old from Huddersfield who has been missing for a week since being swept away off the coast of Aberffraw Beach. Although the search continues, the likelihood of finding Isaac alive is bleak ahead of a review being conducted amongst North Wales Police. Isaac’s brother Xander was rescued during the same incident. Isaac’s friends and family held a lantern vigil shortly following the youngster’s disappearance on Friday the 29th of August. More details: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/220 “Aberffraw” by www.flickr.com/photos/pikesley, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0 – 05/09/2014

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