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Chester River Dee drama as men stranded after boat sinks

The two men were wearing flotation devices

A warning has been issued about fast moving flood waters after two men had a lucky escape when their boat capsized near Chester weir this morning (Tuesday December 29).

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service was called at 11am after reports of the pair, in their 30s, in shallow water at the edge of the Dee but freezing cold and unable to move.

They were at the bottom of the high wall, over which onlookers often admire the weir, that leads from the Old Dee bridge to The Groves .

Watch manager Richie Gerrard of Chester Fire Station said the men were wearing wet suits and had flotation devices but were perishing cold.

The fire service was about to deploy its rescue boat at Sandy Lane, from where the men had launched, when the men managed to go underneath the Old Dee bridge and got out next to the hydro-electric station on the other side.

There was no sign of the boat, which is believed to have sunk, but the watch manager saw the trailer at Sandy Lane and estimated it was ‘a decent size’.

North West Ambulance Service paramedics checked the men over before giving them a lift back to their vehicle at Sandy Lane.

Mr Gerrard, speaking from back at the fire station, said: “The safety message is that everybody thinks it is just a high tide but it is flood water coming down from the hills and it’s fast flowing. I think the men underestimated the water conditions.”


David Holmes
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