Fishermen save man from freezing Thames Estuary

Southend Standard: Fishermen save man from freezing Thames Estuary Fishermen save man from freezing Thames Estuary

FISHERMEN sprung into action and saved a man after hearing his cries for help in the Thames Estuary.

At 10.30pm last night, the crew of Fishing Vessel Abby Jane from Bell Wharf, Leigh, heard a man calling for help.

The crew took the vessel out into the estuary again and found a young male in the water on the far side of Leigh Creek.

Two crew members from the Abby Jane plunged into the water to help the person who was extremely cold and near drowning.

He was brought ashore by the Abby Jane and passed to the care of the Ambulance service at the Smack pub.

He was taken to hospital for treatment for hypothermia with a reported core temperature of 33 deg C.

A Thames Coastguard spokesman said: “Without the extremely timely intervention of the crew of the Abby Jane I think the outcome of this evening’s situation could have been very serious indeed.

"The water temperature at this time of year can be as low as 8-9 deg C and you loose heat 5 times quicker in water than in Air. You will loose the strength to swim very quickly in these conditions."

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8:32am Mon 2 Dec 13

pembury53 says...

i expect that sobered him up.....
i expect that sobered him up..... pembury53

8:32am Mon 2 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

HEROES, thank God those fishermen were there, to help.
HEROES, thank God those fishermen were there, to help. Nowthatsworthknowing

8:47am Mon 2 Dec 13

Test Tickle says...

Well done to the crew of the Abby Jane, good job lads.
Well done to the crew of the Abby Jane, good job lads. Test Tickle

10:32am Mon 2 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Brilliant. REAL men doing something REAL ....
Brilliant. REAL men doing something REAL .... Kim Gandy

11:09am Mon 2 Dec 13

pendulum says...

Extremely lucky.
Extremely lucky. pendulum

12:18pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Well done those fishermen
Well done those fishermen Howard Cháse

2:47pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Miss Southchurch says...

Yes I think they should get an award for bravery, as it sounds like they definitely put their own lives at risk...if they hadn't intervened, it may have been too late by the time the emergency services got there.
Yes I think they should get an award for bravery, as it sounds like they definitely put their own lives at risk...if they hadn't intervened, it may have been too late by the time the emergency services got there. Miss Southchurch

4:33pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Tich25 says...

Yes well done those fishermen but how did the man get in the water in the first place
Yes well done those fishermen but how did the man get in the water in the first place Tich25

5:06pm Mon 2 Dec 13

SellFarmer :-{ says...

How was the man going to freeze the Thames Estuary? Was he some sort of comic book baddie?
How was the man going to freeze the Thames Estuary? Was he some sort of comic book baddie? SellFarmer :-{

6:59pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

The average sea temperature at this time of year is 7C, between Southend and Tilbury, a person in the water will remain conscious for 30 minutes, with hypothermia and Unconsciousness occurring at 40 plus minutes, death after 60 minutes, if the person is not overweight, not over 50 years, and without any heart or respiratory disorders, is not in heavy clothing and has not eaten a large meal and drunk alcohol, add 15 minutes.... these fishermen saved a life. They are Heroes.
The average sea temperature at this time of year is 7C, between Southend and Tilbury, a person in the water will remain conscious for 30 minutes, with hypothermia and Unconsciousness occurring at 40 plus minutes, death after 60 minutes, if the person is not overweight, not over 50 years, and without any heart or respiratory disorders, is not in heavy clothing and has not eaten a large meal and drunk alcohol, add 15 minutes.... these fishermen saved a life. They are Heroes. Nowthatsworthknowing

7:02pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Tich25 wrote:
Yes well done those fishermen but how did the man get in the water in the first place
Probably by leaving dry land....
[quote][p][bold]Tich25[/bold] wrote: Yes well done those fishermen but how did the man get in the water in the first place[/p][/quote]Probably by leaving dry land.... Nowthatsworthknowing

10:40pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

pembury53 wrote:
i expect that sobered him up.....
You trite C0CK I'd love you to witness a post mortem, you'd be squealing for your mummy...
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: i expect that sobered him up.....[/p][/quote]You trite C0CK I'd love you to witness a post mortem, you'd be squealing for your mummy... Nowthatsworthknowing

1:31pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Leighgirl77 says...

I was watching the action from my garden. It was a 15 year old boy, who had decided he didnt want to spend the night on his boat and attempted to swim to shore. The fishermen were fantastic!
I was watching the action from my garden. It was a 15 year old boy, who had decided he didnt want to spend the night on his boat and attempted to swim to shore. The fishermen were fantastic! Leighgirl77

4:18pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Ray1963 says...

Well done to all concerned.
Well done to all concerned. Ray1963

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