A 70-year-old man had his life saved by Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteers after he fell into freezing water in a port in North Wales.
David Stocks spent almost 12 minutes overboard on Saturday before he was pulled out by quick-thinking members of the Conwy Lifeboat team.
The dramatic rescue was caught on one of the crewmen’s headcams and shows the lifeboat crew rushing to the man’s help after they were called by a concerned passer-by.
The three RNLI volunteers, Greg Donald, Pete Hughes and Alan Flood, were able to mobilise and locate Stocks within just four minutes of the call.
Flood jumped into the river to keep the barely conscious Stocks afloat, while Hughes and Donald were eventually able to pull the 70-year-old onto the pontoon.
He was then put into an ambulance, where he received further treatment.
Speaking to The Daily Post, Stocks said: "I was attempting to reach my yacht to collect some tools. The weather was pretty rough, and some spray washed over me and I’m in the water.
"I was in for 12 whole minutes and I felt every single second. It felt like an incredibly long time. At one point, I looked at my hands and they were white - there was no life left. Everything I had just wanted to drift away and go to sleep.
"I can only describe the experience as how you feel as a child; wanting to cuddle up and be warm and safe, but I didn’t want to give up."Reuse content