Woman recovers after seven hours under boat
Monday 13 December 1993
A FEMALE sailor, believed to be from London, was recovering in hospital yesterday after surviving a seven-hour ordeal trapped under the hull of an upturned boat.
Heidi Bell, 27, was with two companions sailing from Poole in Dorset to Chichester, West Sussex, when a freak wave overturned their trimaran, the Triharda, near the Needles off the Isle of Wight.
The skipper was thrown clear and a second woman was able to cut her safety line and escape the tangle of sails and rigging to cling to the hull. But Ms Bell was left stranded in the cockpit in a pocket of air.
As that gave out, she moved inside one outrigger and clung to furniture, breathing air trapped inside the 27ft section.
Petty-Officer Air/Crewman Adrian Rogers, who made an unsuccessful dive to try to rescue her, said that Navy colleagues 'went under the boat and carried air to the girl and brought her out. She had almost used all the air inside the boat by then.
'She was very cold and frightened, having been in the dark for hours. She coped very well really.' She was treated for hypothermia.
A canoeist drowned yesterday after getting into difficulties on the fast-flowing river Teifi at Pentre-cwrt, near Llandyssul, Dyfed. The body of the man, who has not yet been named, was recovered by firemen.
- 1 Amber Peat: Body found in search for missing 13-year-old who ran away after argument with her parents
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 3 Gay teenager 'forced to have sex with his own mother' to 'cure' his homosexuality, campaigners in India say
- 4 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
- 5 Fifa corruption: Qatar says investigations are racist, anti-Arab and show 'ugly face' of countries who lost 2022 World Cup bid
Amber Peat: Body found in search for missing 13-year-old who ran away after argument with her parents
California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
Sepp Blatter resigns: FBI are investigating outgoing Fifa president, claims report
Alton Towers crash: Four guests seriously injured as Smiler ride carriages collide
Charles Kennedy dead: A guy once asked the Lib Dem leader who his favourite Muppet was and his letter response was wonderful
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
Competitive salary & benefits: MBDA UK Ltd: Whats the opportunity? A pro-act...
Competitive salary & benefits: MBDA UK Ltd: Whats the opportunity? The small...
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fabricator welder required for ...
£14564 - £15311 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Inbound Customer Service Adviso...