Saturday 18 November 2017

Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall rescued on fishing trip

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on a less incident-packed trip
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on a less incident-packed trip

Andy Bloxham

As a celebrity chef, he is known for his passion for fish but Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s latest fishing trip landed him in hot water.

The River Cottage chef and his 10-year-old son were fishing close to Beer Head, on the Devon coast, when they got into trouble and had to be rescued.

Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall’s 17ft fishing boat had become trapped and was being battered between sharp rocks.

Forced to bale out, the chef phoned for the lifeboat at 3.45pm yesterday and a team was despatched from nearby Sidmouth.

Naomi Firth, 31, one of the five-strong crew of the rigid inflatable Pride of Sidmouth, swam to the chef’s boat and attached a tow rope before the vessel was holed and it was winched ashore on a nearby beach.

A spokesman for the Sidmouth Lifeboat, which is not part of the RNLI and is funded entirely by donations, said: “Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall was very embarrassed but very happy to be saved.

“We were glad we got to him before the rocks holed his boat.”

The chef was not available for comment last night.

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