Two men were rescued from the water after a boat capsized near the mouth of the River Axe at Axmouth, England, on Sunday, November 14.
HM Coastguard said it was alerted by a member of the public who reported that a vessel with three people aboard had got into difficultly.
“It soon became clear that the vessel had capsized when attempting to come ashore, forcing all of the crew – who were returning from a fishing outing and not wearing lifejackets at that stage during their trip – into the cold water,” the statement said.
As rescue crews were responding, one of the men managed to safely swim to shore while another was found after having a light with him and floating on his back, the coastguard said.
Using spotlights to survey the area in “dark and testing weather conditions”, a coastguard helicopter was able to find the third man, some 500 meters from the mouth of the river and 200 meters offshore. The man was winched into the helicopter and taken to Dorchester Hospital.
Terry Hoare, Beer Coastguard station officer, said: “This incident could have had a far worse outcome and the three men are very lucky that someone quickly called 999 and asked for the coastguard. This is yet another timely reminder of how important it is to always wear a lifejacket and make sure you keep it on until you reach dry land. Lifejackets save lives. This was a real collective rescue effort by all teams and responders, and we would like to thank everyone for acting so quickly.” Credit: HM Coastguard via Storyful