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Last Updated: Monday, 3 May, 2004, 09:16 GMT 10:16 UK
Two killed in boat tragedy named
RNLI lifeboat
RNLI lifeboats from three bases were involved in the search
Two men who died after their pleasure cruiser overturned off Redcar have been named by police.

A major rescue operation was launched on Sunday at 1530 BST after the coastguard was told a 30ft Sunseeker had capsized on the River Tees.

The bodies of two men and an injured man were recovered.

Cleveland Police have named the men who died in the incident as Bernard Powell, 56, of Stokesley, and Peter Blount, 47, of Redcar.

The injured man was Philip Ridout, who is from the London area and was staying with friends in Redcar.

He was taken to Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital where he was treated for a leg injury.

The alarm was raised after Humber Coastguard received a call from a member of the public.

The Coastguard co-ordinated a search involving RNLI lifeboats from Hartlepool, Teesmouth and Redcar, a rescue helicopter from RAF Leconfield and Redcar Coastguard rescue team.

Police are investigating the incident.




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