Gig rowers rescue girl from water

MEMBERS of Clevedon Pilot Gig Club went to the aid of a girl who had fallen into water during the club’s routine training session.

The gig, along with its crew of six rowers, was out on the water near Bristol Harbour on Tuesday evening when they heard a voice of someone shouting at about 8.30pm.

A girl had fallen into the water between the harbour wall and a boat and her partner was unable to pull her out.

Fortunately, the pilot gig, named Watch and Pray, and its crew was able to pull alongside the boat, allowing rowers Johnny George and James Geldart to get on to it and pull the girl out of the water.

Watch and Pray has been kept in Bristol during the winter months but it will return to Clevedon with the group’s second vessel, now named Blackbird, on March 17.

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Both gigs will reside on Clevedon Pier during the summer and training sessions will take place during most evenings and weekends in preparation for a number of regattas the club will attend this year.

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