Two men suffering from hypothermia rescued after boat breaks down on River Waveney

Emergency services rescued two men suffering from hypothermia after the boat they were aboard broke

Emergency services rescued two men suffering from hypothermia after the boat they were aboard broke down and went adrift on the River Waveney. Photo courtesy of HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold. - Credit: Archant

Emergency services rescued two men suffering from hypothermia after the boat they were on broke down and went adrift.

Emergency services rescued two men suffering from hypothermia after the boat they were aboard broke

Emergency services rescued two men suffering from hypothermia after the boat they were aboard broke down and went adrift on the River Waveney. Photo courtesy of HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold. - Credit: Archant

The pair had been travelling from Brundall to St Olaves on Saturday, November 25, when their 25ft cruiser lost power on the River Waveney.

Just after 9pm Humber Coastguard received a 999 call from the men reporting they were adrift and experiencing the onset of hypothermia.

HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold were alerted and deployed to locate the vessel via Carlton Marshes.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue were also requested to take part in the search.

Emergency services rescued two men suffering from hypothermia after the boat they were aboard broke

Emergency services rescued two men suffering from hypothermia after the boat they were aboard broke down and went adrift on the River Waveney. Photo courtesy of HM Coastguard Lowestoft and Southwold. - Credit: Archant


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A spokesman for the fire service said: 'We were alerted at 9.46pm and two crews from Lowestoft South attended.'

A unimog vehicle with a four and a half foot inflatable boat from the station's Water Rescue Unit also arrived on scene to assist the search.

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The coastguard team managed to locate the cruiser between Oulton Dyke and Beccles, however due to the size of the vessel a larger boat was needed to tow the boat to safety.

Andy Sutherland, station officer for Lowestoft and Southwold Coastguard, said: 'The fire service boarded and checked the two men on-board were okay before deciding a bigger boat was needed.

'The men were asked to describe how cold they felt on a scale of one to 10 – both rated themselves at a nine.'

He added: 'The larger boat arrived and towed the cruiser to Oulton Broad dock station.

'Although the distance to Waveney River Centre was shorter, the wind was so strong and water so rough that Oulton Broad was the better option.

'On arrival to Oulton Broad the fire service boats and two men were met by coastguard officers.

'The ambulance service did not attend as once the men were onshore they managed to warm up.'

All teams were stood down at 3.28am on Sunday.

Necessary repairs were made to the cruiser the following day and the pair have since resumed their journey to St Olaves.

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