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Ferryman Rescue in 50mph Winds

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7:01am 27th December 2013

A ferryman has been carried away down the River Fal as more gale force winds hit Cornwall.

Both Falmouth lifeboats were launched to rescue him on Thursday night.

He was mooring up the King Harry ferry at 7.50pm on Boxing Day when his dinghy ran out of control.

He managed to get a rope around a buoy while RNLI crews were scrambled to his rescue in 50mph winds.

Falmouth Coastguard says he was not hurt in the drama.

It happened as the Duchy was battered by gusts of up to 65mph overnight, forcing the Tamar Bridge to temporarily close to high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes. The toll bridge is now reopen.

The Duchy has escaped the worst of the rain, raising hopes we will avoid more of the floods seen before Christmas and which have stricken other parts of the country.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Widespread gales are expected to develop on Thursday evening and last much of Friday bringing gusts of 50 or 60 mph inland and gusts to 70 or 80 mph to some coastal areas and high ground.

"The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, especially where the high winds are combined with heavy rainfall.

"Another deep area of low pressure developing over the Atlantic Ocean will bring another spell of wet and very windy weather across the UK as it tracks northeastwards past northwestern Britain later on Thursday and during Friday.

"Peak winds are thought most likely to occur during the early hours of Friday and Friday morning with the highest gusts probably being over Irish Sea coastal areas. However an area of severe gales is also likely to track across much of northern England during Friday."

7:01am 27th December 2013

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