Exmouth pensioner found face down in water

PUBLISHED: 13:13 19 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:13 19 April 2013

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An Exmouth pensioner found face down in water after being knocked from his yacht remains in intensive care after being airlifted to hospital.

A 72-year-old Exmouth man who fell into the sea after being knocked unconscious by the boom of his yacht is in intensive care.

The pensioner was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on Thursday evening after crew from a passing yacht spotted the man lying face down in the water.

The pensioner was dragged from the water by the passing crew, taken to Exmouth docks, where local coastguard officers carried out resuscitation until paramedics arrived.

It is thought the man had been face down in the water for up to four minutes.

A Portland coastguard spokesperson said: “A 999 call was received from a member of the public reporting a male who had fallen overboard from a yacht in the approaches to the River Exe.

“The male was brought ashore by yacht crews where local coastguard officers began CPR.

“The male, who is believed to be 72 years of age, was then attended by paramedics and transferred to hospital by police aircraft.

“In the meantime Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat crews had located the yacht and brought the remaining four crew ashore.

“It is thought the male may have been hit on the head by the boom of the yacht causing him to fall overboard.”

An Exmouth coastguard spokesperson said: “On arrival at Exmouth Docks, Exmouth coastguards committed to three cycles of emergency CPR until paramedics arrived.

“Paramedics continued with CPR then assisted by Exmouth coastguards, transferred the casualty to the Imperial Recreation Ground from where the police helicopter conveyed the casualty to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.”

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