August 1, 2008

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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