Pensioner dies in yacht sea plunge

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Published: Sunday 1st February 2015 by The News Editor

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A pensioner has died after falling from a yacht into the sea.

The 72-year-old was on a leisure trip in the Bristol Channel when he fell overboard off Lavernock Point, Penarth around 12.15pm.

RNLI lifeboat crews rescued the sailor from the water and emergency services took him to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, where he later died, South Wales Police said.

An RAF Sea King helicopter was also called but was not involved in the rescue.

The man, who is from the Gwent area and has not been named, was thought to have been among a crew of around eight people aboard the yacht when the incident occurred, police said.

Inspector Andy Walbeoff said: ” I understand from the coastguard it was a 13m yacht on a leisure day out in the channel off Lavernock Point.

“The gentleman has obviously fallen off the yacht while out in the channel. The incident happened, the coastguard dealt with it and the RNLI brought him ashore.

“We were notified when he was at hospital in a critical condition, and he later died.”

The man’s next of kin were at the hospital where they were supported by officers.

Published: Sunday 1st February 2015 by The News Editor

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