Search Continues for River Plunge Man
A dramatic search operation continued into last night after a man was swept away in a river.
The 40-year-old fell into the River Trent close to Dunham Bridge, near Saxilby, after attempting to free his boat from a mud bank.
The man’s father — ho was also on the boat – threw a life belt into the water but was unable to rescue his son as he disappeared from view.
Emergency services from Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire – including police, fire and rescue and air ambulances – were scrambled to the scene after being alerted to the incident at 12.15pm.
Inspector Neil Bellamy, from Nottinghamshire Police, was at the scene.
He said: “A male has gone into the water and then disappeared from sight.
“As the boat was coming round a bend in the river we believe the current swept it onto the sand bank.
“Although we believe that the man could swim, this is a very dangerous stretch of water and the current becomes particularly strong beneath the surface.”
Specialist divers were brought to the scene to comb the river bed and a police helicopter made overhead sweeps in an attempt to locate the man.
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