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Stranded King Harry Ferry crewman saved from gale force winds in dinghy

By WBEsme  |  Posted: December 27, 2013

The King Harry Ferry on the river Fal

The King Harry Ferry on the river Fal

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A crewman who was found clinging to a buoy in torrential rain and gale force winds has been rescued by The RNLI from the river Fal.

The King Harry Ferry crewman started to experience difficulties when one of the rowlocks holding the oars in place broke as he was attempting to get to shore at roughly 7.30pm last night.

Unable to steer the dinghy, the man was blown upstream by 60 knot winds in almost total darkness.

Fortunately the crewman, who was wearing full waterproof clothing and a lifejacket, was able to grab on hold of a nearby buoy and tether the boat to it.

Due to the severity of the conditions, Falmouth coastguard sent both the inshore and all weather lifeboats to assist in the rescue.

The crewman was brought safely to shore and did not need any medical attention.

A spokesman for Falmouth Coastguard said: "If he hadn’t been able to grab on to the buoy he could have been in a more difficult position."

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  • Mennaye  |  December 27 2013, 2:51PM

    He is very lucky indeed, There should be a big investigation in why he was having to work? The very windy conditions yesterday evening and through the night was forecasted at least a few days ago?

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