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Emergency Services Praised Following Powerboat Tragedy in Weymouth


7:54am 18th September 2012

Dorset's emergency services have been praised for their quick response after the tragic powerboat accident in Weymouth Bay.

Rapid response teams were in the water within 30 seconds of the crash and providing medical attention to the driver Mike Lovell and Navigator Dan Whapples.

Mr Lovell died in hospital from his injuries.

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Josh Kelly writes "exactly why we need Portland's Coastguard Helicopter" , Robert Chick says "well done all rescue teams".

Andy Sargent, RNLI Coxswain at Weymouth, says he's very proud of the way his team reacted:

'This was a dreadful incident but the inshore lifeboat crew reacted in a very professional manner, assisting our colleagues from various other emergency services in every way they could.  The all-weather lifeboat crew also played their part, ensuring the airlift of one of the casualties happened quickly and smoothly. It shows just how important our multi-agency training is and I'm very proud of my team for what they did. Our thoughts are very much with all those affected by this terrible accident.'

Other agencies involved in the response to the accident included Portland Coastguard, Wyke Coastguard team, the South West Ambulance Paramedics, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and the Police.

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