Saturday 17 November 2018

Man killed in speedboat accident after empty boat spotted circling sea

Aberystwyth Harbour
Aberystwyth Harbour

A man has died following a speedboat accident in west Wales.

Lifeboat crews received reports of an empty 16ft speedboat circling around the sea in Aberystwyth Harbour.

Two men found overboard were rescued before being taken to hospital.

Dyfed Powys Police has confirmed that one of the men has since died.

A force spokeswoman said: "UK Coastguard, the RNLI and the Welsh Ambulance Service responded to an incident involving two men requiring assistance in the sea near Aberystwyth Harbour.

"Sadly, one of the casualties has passed away. Specialist officers are supporting the family. The second casualty is in a stable condition at hospital."

The alarm was raised at around 9.40am on Wednesday morning, with lifeboat crews arriving on scene to find the men 500 metres offshore.

An RNLI spokeswoman said: "The volunteers immediately started first aid treatment on one of the casualties as they made their way back to shore. First aid treatment was continued on dry land by more crew until the Welsh Ambulance service teams arrived.

"The coastguard rescue helicopter arrived on scene but it was decided to take both casualties to Bronglais hospital via road ambulance.

"RNLI volunteers then launched the arancia inshore rescue boat and with assistance from the Coastguard helicopter both lifeboats were able to gain control of the boat and bring it safely back to the marina."

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