One man dead and another in hospital after boat capsized in Bideford Bar estuary

The man believed to be in his 30s was pronounced dead at the scene.
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One man died and another was hospitalised after a boat capsized in a river estuary, according to police.

Officers were called to the scene where a pleasure boat had overturned at Bideford Bar in North Devon at 11.33am on Friday.

Paramedics and the Coastguard also attended the incident.

A man, believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are currently working to contact his next-of-kin, a spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The spokesman added the other man had “minor injuries” and was taken to hospital in Exeter.

Two dogs were also recovered, but one died.

Swansea Coastguard watch officer Marc Lancey said the men were not wearing lifejackets.

He added: “The area is a known hazard locally and widely (but) the sea was quite calm with light winds.”

Appledore lifeboat was launched as well as an RAF search and rescue helicopter. Westward Ho! Coastguard assisted the rescue effort after a nearby boat raised the alarm.