Police were involved in four hours of negotiations on Thursday night after a man clambered on to a boat on the River Dart and refused to leave.

Officers had originally been called to reports of a man driving and behaving ‘erratically’ in the riverside village of Dittisham.

The alarm was raised just before 6pm.

The man was found by police at Old Mill Creek, and he then climbed aboard a boat moored on the bank.

A team of Coastguards from Dartmouth were also called to the scene amid fears that their water and mud rescue skills might be needed, and police began negotiations after the man refused to leave the boat.

Coastguard colleagues from Prawle Point were also called in.

The Dartmouth-based Dart RNLI lifeboat was also launched, but stood down when the boat was located.

The man was eventually brought safely from the vessel at 10.20pm and detained under the Mental Health Act, said police.





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