Dumbarton man dies in boating tragedy
RESCUE: The air ambulance at the scene
Picture: Alex Craig
A DUMBARTON man drowned in the Firth of Clyde when a fishing trip to turned to tragedy after he became trapped underneath the boat.
The 48-year-old man, was with two pals aged 42 and 61 aboard their small cabin cruiser when it capsized off Ocean Terminal in Greenock on Saturday. (June 2)
Rescue workers launched a desperate attempt to save the trio of pals, all from the Dumbarton area, involving coastguard, cops, lifeboat crews and diving teams - backed up a Royal Navy helicopter.
Emergency crews battled to save his life, but tragically he was found to be dead on arrival at hospital.
A second man managed to swim ashore, while the third was rescued by Helensburgh lifeboat crews and transferred to a helicopter. The survivors were taken to Inverclyde Royal Hospital where they were treated for hypothermia.
Onlookers watched as the dramatic scenes unfolded on Saturday afternoon.
Coastguard Control room raised the alarm when three men were spotted in the water after their 16-foot wooden cabin cruiser suddenly ran into trouble.
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This article appeared in Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter 04 Jun 12
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