Coastguard called after man falls out of motorboat while attempting to rescue child

Lucky to escape unhurt: Carlo Wiggins

Portland Coastguard called after man falls out of speedboat which begins circling him

MAN rescued after falling out of his speedboat in Swanage Bay

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A MAN was lucky to escape uninjured after being flipped from his motorboat as he dashed to rescue a child being swept out to sea.

Swanage pedalo and deck chair hire owner Carlo Wiggins was on his way to help a dinghy being blown out to sea off Swanage Beach on Saturday afternoon, when his Dorey motorboat hit a couple of waves and flipped him out.

He swam away from the boat, which kept chugging round in a circle.

He was helped from the water by his father Barry Wiggins, who arrived on a pedalo, and his friend Justin Streams came over on a jetski and turned the boat's throttle off.

Carlo is now urging anyone using a boat to remember that no matter the emergency they must remember to attach their kill cord and wear a lifejacket.

A kill cord is designed to kill the engine in the event of the driver going overboard and is normally attached to the leg or to a buoyancy aid.

Carlo said he was away from the beach, with no boats or swimmers near him, when he was flipped from the craft.

He said it moved in slow, tight circles, not like a speedboat, and so he was able to swim away and wait until help arrived. Carlo described the craft as being 'like a bath tub' with a motor on the back.

The dinghy in distress was brought safely back by another vessel.

Carlo said: “I've learnt a valuable lesson.

“Whatever the emergency situation you have always got to make time for your safety procedures or you could actually make the situation worse.”

He added: “I'll never ever not wear that kill cord again - even if I'm pottering out somewhere.”

Coastguards said the incident highlighted the importance of wearing buoyancy aids and a kill cord.

Portland Coastguard Watch Manager Cindy Rodaway said they received numerous 999 calls from worried onlookers.

She said: “We are very relieved that everyone is safe and well and that there are no injuries resulting from this incident.

“All owners and drivers of open powerboats, personal watercraft and RIBs should ensure that if their boat is fitted with a kill switch and kill cord, it is correctly used.”

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6:44pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Matthew_Y says...

For goodness sake use a **** kill cord. Have people forgotten the like changing injuries at swanage last year? And this guy was acting as a safety boat earlier?!!!
For goodness sake use a **** kill cord. Have people forgotten the like changing injuries at swanage last year? And this guy was acting as a safety boat earlier?!!! Matthew_Y
  • Score: 9

7:11pm Sat 9 Aug 14

60plus says...

Sounds like he needs to go on a course on how to drive boats namely how to use kill cords .
Sounds like he needs to go on a course on how to drive boats namely how to use kill cords . 60plus
  • Score: 12

8:12pm Sat 9 Aug 14

wh1sp3r says...

Two words KILL CORD! !!
Two words KILL CORD! !! wh1sp3r
  • Score: 8

5:01pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Seriously!!! says...

This didn't look like a rescue gone wrong for the onlookers, he had kayaked out to the boat he lost control of there was no child or dinghy insight!
This didn't look like a rescue gone wrong for the onlookers, he had kayaked out to the boat he lost control of there was no child or dinghy insight! Seriously!!!
  • Score: -3

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