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Dad nearly castrated in boat accident
7:41am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
A DAD has told how a leisurely boat trip off the Hampshire coast turned to terror as he slid off the back of his vessel – and was almost castrated.
As he sailed in Stanswood Bay near Calshot, roofer Pete Lovett, 48, got his testicles caught on a hook of the 32ft-long motor boat, leaving them dangling by a thread.
Mr Lovett screamed in pain as he became entangled during a fun family day out and he was in danger of bleeding to death.
Coastguards launched a major rescue mission with the help of Hamble Lifeboat before Mr Lovett, whose testicles were hanging five inches down his leg, was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital for emergency surgery.
Two specialist plastic surgeons were called back from leave to perform a delicate three-hour repair operation.
Six-inch scar Mr Lovett, from Wolvey, Leicester, left hospital with 32 stitches along a six-inch scar the next day.
Now back at work and slowly recovering from his ordeal, he wants to raise £10,000 for the Hamble Lifeboat crew that helped save his life.
His tongue-in-cheek campaign, “Pete’s Plums”, is designed to get people to laugh at his misfortune – then dig deep to support the cause.
Mr Lovett said: “I was enjoying a day out with my wife Lorna and our son Alex on our sports boat.
“Alex and I had been having fun messing around on our jetski, come back to the boat for a spot of lunch and gone out and come back again.
“I was sitting on the back off the boat and wanted to slip into the water to cool off.
“The jet ski was tied to the back of the boat and I tried to scooch my bum over the ‘snap davits’, steel brackets which the jet ski was tied to.
“Somehow I misjudged how high it was and the hook pranged my wetsuit, hooked me up and pulled me backwards.
“I scrambled back on board and Alex, who had been sitting right next to me, knew something horrible had happened.
“He said: “Dad, are you OK?’ and I said: ‘No, it’s serious’.
“I work on building sites and am used to bangs and crashes, I’m always going through something but this was different.
“If it wasn't for the tubes holding my testicles, they would have gone into the sea and I would never have seen them again.
“It was a freak accident, absolutely unique – no one's ever done it before.”
Luckily, a crew from Hamble Lifeboat, an independent lifeboat station, was on the scene in just nine minutes.
Solent Coastguard Helicopter was then scrambled to airlift the casualty to Southampton General Hospital, less than an hour after the accident.
Mr Lovett said: “I owe a huge thank you to the emergency services and feel massive gratitude that they were there for us in our moment of need. They got me from that terrible position to being put back together within hours.
“I’m willing to sacrifice my last shred of dignity by telling all to raise funds in their support.”
- To donate log on to: justgiving.com/PetesPlums
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