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Man dies after boat capsizes near Bideford Bar

15:54 18 April 2014

Bideford Bar. Picture by Stephen Ring

Bideford Bar. Picture by Stephen Ring

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Dog also died despite rescue attempt by locals.

A MAN has died after a boat capsized near Bideford Bar earlier today (Friday).

The upturned boat, described by the Coastguard as a ‘pleasure vessel’, was spotted in the mouth of the estuary shortly before 11am.

Two local boats went to the aid of the stricken vessel and recovered two men from the water. The casualties were transferred to Appledore RNLI lifeboat and brought ashore.

One of the two men, who are described as in their 30s, was confirmed dead at the scene.

Two dogs were also recovered from the 16ft boat, one of which was dead.

Swansea Coastguard watch manager David Hughes said: “Unfortunately both of these men were found in the water without lifejackets on.

“Lifejackets are useless unless worn because when the unexpected happens there is no time to put one on.”

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