Horror as man dies when a giant oak tree falls 20 feet on a houseboat in Cornwall and traps it in the rubble as the tide hits and other sailors struggle to save it
- Collapsed oak on boat last night at Sailors Creek, Flushing, near Falmouth
- The Coast Guard rescue team brought a man ashore but was pronounced dead at the scene
- Boat owner Lee Moody shared how a friend was desperately trying to save a friend's life
A man has died after an oak tree fell 20 feet down a steep dam on a houseboat last night in Cornwall.
At around 5:30 pm, emergency services, including a coastal lifeboat, rushed to the scene in Sailors Creek, Flushing, near Falmouth to report that the falling oak that sounded like a "massive earthquake" had crashed onto a boat.
The man in his fifties trapped in the rubble was taken ashore by the Coast Guard rescue team, where he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Boat owner Lee Moody, who was in the boat at the time, told how his girlfriend was desperately trying to save his friend's life by holding his head above the rising tide after the tree crashed into the ship and the mast was torn down would have.
Emergency teams rushed to the scene in Sailors Creek, Flushing, near Falmouth at around 5:30 p.m. last night after the tree fell on a houseboat. A man in his fifties was pronounced dead on the scene
He told The Packet, "It was like a massive earthquake, then a massive blow, and it was a massive oak tree that fell."
Mr Moody, who had just come out of the hospital after an operation, described how his girlfriend tried to save his boyfriend by holding his head above the water when he was in the wreck.
He added, “I couldn't get down to help so my girlfriend went down and tried to save him with the tide that was coming in and tried to keep his head out of the water.
& # 39; It came in around him, he was all dejected. He had his daughter who watched everything. & # 39;
Another witness said he was in his boat when he heard a "Harrowing" crash and ran outside to hear locals screaming along the dam.
A Coast Guard spokesman said: “Today (January 2nd) at 5:30 pm the Coast Guard received a report of an incident involving a person aboard a ship in Sailors Creek, Flushing, Falmouth.
Devon and Cornwall Police said the man's death was being treated as accidental rather than suspicious. (Picture in stock)
The Falmouth Coast Guard rescue team and Falmouth inshore lifeboat were dispatched and assisted in a multi-agency response involving the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service extracting and retrieving the person from the ship.
The victim was then taken to the care of the local South Western Ambulance Service for immediate medical treatment. The Devon and Cornwall Police were also present. & # 39;
A spokesman for police in Devon and Cornwall said: “Police were called following reports that a tree had fallen and a man was injured on the beach.
The Coast Guard and the RNLI lifeboat also visited the scene and the man was taken ashore where he was seen by paramedics.
& # 39; The man in his fifties was confirmed dead at the scene, and his closest relatives were informed.
& # 39; At this point, death is treated as accidental, not suspicious.
“We are conducting investigations today, and in due course a file will be made for the coroner.
"We ask anyone who witnessed the incident to contact the police on 101."
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