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Four rescued in river horror

PUBLISHED: 11:15 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:27 23 August 2010

A TEENAGE girl who was still in a sleeping bag is among four people who nearly died when their yacht sunk plunging them in to the icy River Thames on Tuesday. Crews at Gravesend RNLI received a mayday call and raced to the scene at about 11.15am to find

A TEENAGE girl who was still in a sleeping bag is among four people who nearly died when their yacht sunk plunging them in to the icy River Thames on Tuesday.

Crews at Gravesend RNLI received a mayday call and raced to the scene at about 11.15am to find four people struggling in the water.

They were 'shocked' to discover a 15-year-old girl still tangled in her sleeping bag as she fought for her life.

Her 45-year-old father and two 19-year-old men were also saved as the 27ft vessel sank within seconds.

Duty helmsman Graham Tassell, of Gravesend RNLI said "Because the daughter had been in her sleeping bag at the time of the incident, she hadn't managed to get out and was struggling inside it in the water. We saw her go underneath at least twice during the rescue."

All four were taken to Darent Valley Hospital after the rescue mission.

Read the fully story and pictures in this week's Gravesend Reporter in shops from Thursday.

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