Naked man rescued from river Usk in Newport

South Wales Argus: RESCUE: Argus reader Harry Wilkins took this photograph of a naked man being rescued from the River Usk near Castle Bingo in Newport yesterday RESCUE: Argus reader Harry Wilkins took this photograph of a naked man being rescued from the River Usk near Castle Bingo in Newport yesterday

A NAKED swimmer was dramatically rescued from the river Usk in Newport yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the riverbank near Castle Bingo, in Usk Way, at 3.41pm after reports that a man was in distress.

A witness said the man, believed to be in his early thirties, was swimming nude on the east side of the river near George Street Bridge when police and firefighters signalled to him to make his way to shore.

He made his way across the river, tracked by a fire service boat, but rescue lines were thrown down after he could not climb up the slippery mud banks to safety.

He was thrown a towel to cover his modesty as he emerged from the river.

The witness said the swimmer did not appear to be injured but was checked over by paramedics at the scene.

He said residents from homes lining the banks gathered to watch the rescue, along with pedestrians crossing George Street Bridge.

He added: “I was just passing and saw a lot of commotion, police cars, sirens, fire-engines and ambulances all looking out across the river at a guy splashing around.

“He was swimming completely naked so he must have had a good day.”

Yesterday we reported that a woman was rescued from the river early on Monday just before she could be swept out to sea.

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9:19am Wed 5 Sep 12

and2ys says...

If this is the same person as reported earlier, like I said, charge him the cost of the rescue.
If this is the same person as reported earlier, like I said, charge him the cost of the rescue. and2ys
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9:22am Wed 5 Sep 12

rhinestine says...

All that fuss for this? should have left him there! Idiot!
All that fuss for this? should have left him there! Idiot! rhinestine
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9:57am Wed 5 Sep 12

robertce says...

I agree with and2ys he should have to pay the costs of his rescue, what a muppet!!!!
I agree with and2ys he should have to pay the costs of his rescue, what a muppet!!!! robertce
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10:26am Wed 5 Sep 12

Leigh. says...

Should have left the man in there for the rats!! charge him the expense and also with exposing himself in public
Should have left the man in there for the rats!! charge him the expense and also with exposing himself in public Leigh.
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10:50am Wed 5 Sep 12

JenkinsBen says...

The irony that the photographers surname is Wilkins ha
The irony that the photographers surname is Wilkins ha JenkinsBen
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11:47am Wed 5 Sep 12

WhyWorry says...

I know him from any picture its that Prince Harry again I recognize that pink bum anywhere.
I know him from any picture its that Prince Harry again I recognize that pink bum anywhere. WhyWorry
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11:51am Wed 5 Sep 12

Magor says...

I can see the whole of the riverbank being fenced off and signs all over the place,plus nets under the bridges.
I can see the whole of the riverbank being fenced off and signs all over the place,plus nets under the bridges. Magor
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1:08pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Katie Re-Registered says...

Good job it was the rescuers who told him to grab onto something and not the other way 'round...ouch!!!
Good job it was the rescuers who told him to grab onto something and not the other way 'round...ouch!!! Katie Re-Registered
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2:28pm Wed 5 Sep 12

paulkendallexpataustralia says...

Some compassion please, we don't know what's going on in this person's mind.
Some compassion please, we don't know what's going on in this person's mind. paulkendallexpataustralia
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2:33pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Meandog says...

At this rate, I'd be more surprised if a day goes by without someone being in the river. We walk the dog regularly along both banks of the river and half expect to see someone in the river each time.
What an idiot this guy is. I know that the rescue crew are trained and equipped, but these numpties are also putting at risk the very people trying to rescue them.
At this rate, I'd be more surprised if a day goes by without someone being in the river. We walk the dog regularly along both banks of the river and half expect to see someone in the river each time. What an idiot this guy is. I know that the rescue crew are trained and equipped, but these numpties are also putting at risk the very people trying to rescue them. Meandog
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3:56pm Wed 5 Sep 12

high x boy says...

make him pay the costs
make him pay the costs high x boy
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4:22pm Wed 5 Sep 12

b3talover says...

rhinestine wrote:
All that fuss for this? should have left him there! Idiot!
There's me thinking you'd rather retrieve him then birch him in front of the shoppers in john frost square.
[quote][p][bold]rhinestine[/bold] wrote: All that fuss for this? should have left him there! Idiot![/p][/quote]There's me thinking you'd rather retrieve him then birch him in front of the shoppers in john frost square. b3talover
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5:17pm Wed 5 Sep 12

farmerspike says...

Cant wait untill Newport builds a Marina and also they should consider installing an artificial beach so people like above can go sunbathing so as to save travelling down to Barry.
Cant wait untill Newport builds a Marina and also they should consider installing an artificial beach so people like above can go sunbathing so as to save travelling down to Barry. farmerspike
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8:20pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Katie Re-Registered says...

paulkendallexpataust
ralia
wrote:
Some compassion please, we don't know what's going on in this person's mind.
That's actually a good point that I'd never thought of when I made my comment - very true, this might have a more serious side as it could have been a failed suicide attempt - but then again it could have been some high-spirited guy who thought it would be a good idea to go for a swim starkers and then found himself in trouble(!) I hope, for his sake, it's the latter.
[quote][p][bold]paulkendallexpataust ralia[/bold] wrote: Some compassion please, we don't know what's going on in this person's mind.[/p][/quote]That's actually a good point that I'd never thought of when I made my comment - very true, this might have a more serious side as it could have been a failed suicide attempt - but then again it could have been some high-spirited guy who thought it would be a good idea to go for a swim starkers and then found himself in trouble(!) I hope, for his sake, it's the latter. Katie Re-Registered
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10:50pm Wed 5 Sep 12

chris227 says...

has someone stole his shell suit
has someone stole his shell suit chris227
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12:27pm Fri 7 Sep 12

denlexx says...

what a plonker
what a plonker denlexx
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