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A quick-thinking fisherman who fell overboard managed to cling on to his nets for five miles and was dragged behind his boat back to shore.

On Thursday December 27, Nathan Rogers was "amazingly" lucky to survive the ordeal, the RNLI said. He had been adjusting his nets when he fell in but the boat kept powering forward on autopilot until it crashed into Newlyn's South Pier. Penlee Lifeboat brought him in and he was treated for severe hypothermia.

A young boy spotted the "very well known and popular fisherman" in the water and raised the alarm. When the lifeboat arrived Mr Rogers was being held up in the water by the skipper of another fishing boat. "He was very, very cold," he said, "We are just amazed he managed to hold on for so long."

It is believed the boat was travelling at speeds of up to six knots (7mph). Mr Rogers has been recovering at home.

photo by Nadine Nicholls, Penlee RNLI

photo by Penlee RNLI

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