Boys rescued after getting into trouble in dinghy on river

Cobden Bridge, close to the scene of the rescue drama

Cobden Bridge, close to the scene of the rescue drama

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FIREFIGHTERS have warned of the dangers of waterways after rescuing three young boys from a dinghy on a Hampshire river.

The youngsters, believed to be aged 11, 12, and 13, were travelling along the River Itchen when they got into trouble close to Cobden Bridge, Southampton.

Firefighters were poised to launch a major water operation as colleagues tried to reach the trio, who were drifting downstream along the channel, with sinking mud on both sides.

But Solent Coastguard called off the rescue after crews from St Mary’s fire station pulled them to safety.

The boys, who had ventured onto the water without oars, eventually managed to grab hold of a boat close to the railway bridge further downstream before crews threw in ropes and hauled them in. They were wrapped in thermal blankets before being handed to ambulance crews to treat minor cuts to their hands.

It is believed the youngsters, from Millbrook, Southampton, had wandered down to the river while their parents were at a barbecue nearby.

After the rescue, at 7.30pm on Sunday night, firefighter Neil Perry said: “We warn people to be aware of dangers on the river and make sure they wear life jackets when going out on the water.”

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10:33am Tue 1 Jul 14

steekeemcglue says...

no no no no..... you must NOT wear life jackets for that sort of activity..... you need to wear a buoyancy aid because that will allow you to move and swim properly to the river bank..... you should ONLY where a life jacket in situations where you would have to abandon a vessel and float awaiting rescue. In a muddy river it would be essential that you could under guidance or own initiative swim with the help of your B.A. to a fixed object in the river or river bank hard area to get out. This is BASIC and the fire service should know the correct advice on this.
no no no no..... you must NOT wear life jackets for that sort of activity..... you need to wear a buoyancy aid because that will allow you to move and swim properly to the river bank..... you should ONLY where a life jacket in situations where you would have to abandon a vessel and float awaiting rescue. In a muddy river it would be essential that you could under guidance or own initiative swim with the help of your B.A. to a fixed object in the river or river bank hard area to get out. This is BASIC and the fire service should know the correct advice on this. steekeemcglue
  • Score: 4

5:02pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Hastagger says...

The article doesn't mention any police involvement... I take it that these 'youngsters, from Millbrook' had their own boat moored down at the river bank...

#trends
#justsayin'
#bigfacthunt
The article doesn't mention any police involvement... I take it that these 'youngsters, from Millbrook' had their own boat moored down at the river bank... #trends #justsayin' #bigfacthunt Hastagger
  • Score: -1

5:48pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Mr Jameson says...

steekeemcglue wrote:
no no no no..... you must NOT wear life jackets for that sort of activity..... you need to wear a buoyancy aid because that will allow you to move and swim properly to the river bank..... you should ONLY where a life jacket in situations where you would have to abandon a vessel and float awaiting rescue. In a muddy river it would be essential that you could under guidance or own initiative swim with the help of your B.A. to a fixed object in the river or river bank hard area to get out. This is BASIC and the fire service should know the correct advice on this.
Poor advice

life jackets save lives bouyancy aids do just that - Aid flotation
Bouyancy aids will not turn and unconscious person face up
bouyancy aids will not keep a face out of the water
And if they had no oars i wonder if they could ask the real owner of the boat to "borrow" some life jackets or even the odd bouyancy aid either
[quote][p][bold]steekeemcglue[/bold] wrote: no no no no..... you must NOT wear life jackets for that sort of activity..... you need to wear a buoyancy aid because that will allow you to move and swim properly to the river bank..... you should ONLY where a life jacket in situations where you would have to abandon a vessel and float awaiting rescue. In a muddy river it would be essential that you could under guidance or own initiative swim with the help of your B.A. to a fixed object in the river or river bank hard area to get out. This is BASIC and the fire service should know the correct advice on this.[/p][/quote]Poor advice life jackets save lives bouyancy aids do just that - Aid flotation Bouyancy aids will not turn and unconscious person face up bouyancy aids will not keep a face out of the water And if they had no oars i wonder if they could ask the real owner of the boat to "borrow" some life jackets or even the odd bouyancy aid either Mr Jameson
  • Score: 3

8:14am Wed 2 Jul 14

Solent Soul says...

If you happen to be knocked unconscious then a life jacket will keep ur head up out of the water in a laying position to maintain an airway, a buoyancy aid will not..
If you happen to be knocked unconscious then a life jacket will keep ur head up out of the water in a laying position to maintain an airway, a buoyancy aid will not.. Solent Soul
  • Score: 2

8:16am Wed 2 Jul 14

Solent Soul says...

Mr Jameson wrote:
steekeemcglue wrote:
no no no no..... you must NOT wear life jackets for that sort of activity..... you need to wear a buoyancy aid because that will allow you to move and swim properly to the river bank..... you should ONLY where a life jacket in situations where you would have to abandon a vessel and float awaiting rescue. In a muddy river it would be essential that you could under guidance or own initiative swim with the help of your B.A. to a fixed object in the river or river bank hard area to get out. This is BASIC and the fire service should know the correct advice on this.
Poor advice

life jackets save lives bouyancy aids do just that - Aid flotation
Bouyancy aids will not turn and unconscious person face up
bouyancy aids will not keep a face out of the water
And if they had no oars i wonder if they could ask the real owner of the boat to "borrow" some life jackets or even the odd bouyancy aid either
Sorry you covered everything I just mentioned! Need to read the posts more carefully! ;)
[quote][p][bold]Mr Jameson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steekeemcglue[/bold] wrote: no no no no..... you must NOT wear life jackets for that sort of activity..... you need to wear a buoyancy aid because that will allow you to move and swim properly to the river bank..... you should ONLY where a life jacket in situations where you would have to abandon a vessel and float awaiting rescue. In a muddy river it would be essential that you could under guidance or own initiative swim with the help of your B.A. to a fixed object in the river or river bank hard area to get out. This is BASIC and the fire service should know the correct advice on this.[/p][/quote]Poor advice life jackets save lives bouyancy aids do just that - Aid flotation Bouyancy aids will not turn and unconscious person face up bouyancy aids will not keep a face out of the water And if they had no oars i wonder if they could ask the real owner of the boat to "borrow" some life jackets or even the odd bouyancy aid either[/p][/quote]Sorry you covered everything I just mentioned! Need to read the posts more carefully! ;) Solent Soul
  • Score: 2

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