The incident was captured by an RNLI camera
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Out-of-control speedboat captured by RNLI crew

This was the dramatic moment a lifeboat crew lassoed a runaway speedboat in Devon.

An RNLI spokesperson said a sailor was trying to tie up his boat when he accidentally knocked the throttle and was thrown overboard.

He said the man had already unclipped the kill cord, a safety device that attaches to the skipper's leg, and pushed the throttle lever to full power as he fell into the water.

The six metre-long speedboat began to circle Devon's Teignmouth Quay, where a member of the public raised the alarm.

The RNLI spokesman said the lifeboat crew managed to get a line aboard the spinning boat, reach the throttle lever and reduce the speed.

He said the boat's owner managed to get ashore and was taken by ambulance to hospital.

  • 27 May 2014
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