Firefighters pull OAP from Port Solent marina waters

RESCUE A 71-year-old man was pulled from the water at Port Solent
RESCUE A 71-year-old man was pulled from the water at Port Solent
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A man was rescued in the early hours of this morning after falling into the water at Port Solent.

The 71-year-old was suffering from hypothermia when firefighters came to the rescue at 5am.

His wife had been holding onto his wrist for around 30 minutes.

A crew from Cosham’s green watch rescued the man and he was taken to hospital.

Watch manager Steve Pearce said: ‘She was holding onto him, he’d been in the water for about 30 minutes before she managed to raise the alarm.

‘We were mobilised and managed to pull him out.

‘He was only semi-conscious really.

‘She was hanging onto his wrist from the pontoon alongside his boat.

‘I think she was unlocking the boat and he fell off the pontoon itself.

‘He was very lucky after being in there for half an hour.’

Crews from Fareham and Havant were also called to help.

No-one at Premier Marinas was available for comment.

It comes after strike action by the Fire Brigades Union ended at 12.30am on New Year’s Day. It had started at 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue said most of its appliances were crewed by retained firefighters and some of our operational staff not based on fire stations.

It was able to respond within its 20 minute target time while at 40 per cent capacity across the county.