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Celebrity chef’s praise for lifesavers following ‘sticky situation’ on fishing trip

HUGH Fearnley-Whittingstall said he got into a ‘sticky situation’ when a fishing trip off the Sidmouth coast went wrong – and this afternoon praised his rescuers.

The Herald revealed how the celebrity chef and his 10-year-old son Oscar issued an SOS on Monday when their boat became stuck on rocks near Beer Head.

Coastguard and Sidmouth Lifeboat crews raced to his aid at around 3.50pm.

Mr Fearnley –Whittingstall said this afternoon: “I want to say a massive thank you to both the Portland Coastguard and the Sidmouth Lifeboat team.

“We got ourselves into a sticky situation and their response was fantastic.

“It is great to know that when things go wrong at sea we have a brilliant and dedicated team of men and women standing by to make sure incidents and accidents don’t become disasters.”

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