A man has died after being was washed off a harbour wall in Ramsgate, Kent, as strong winds and heavy rain battered parts of Britain, emergency services have said.
The man was pulled from the water after three people were swept off a pier at Ramsgate harbour by a large wave at around 10.30am.
A major operation was launched with the coastguard, Royal National Lifeboard Institute, South East Coast Ambulance Service and Kent Police all rushing to the town’s East Pier.
All three men were recovered from the water, but one was later pronounced dead.
The other two men were taken to hospital and their condition is not yet known.
Adelheid Greven, from Belgium, told Kent Live how the horror unfold while waiting for better weather to sail back home to Nieuwpoort.
“We suddenly saw rescue boats in the harbour and thought at first that it was an excercise. But then we saw a man was sitting on the quay and rescuers were taking care of him," Greven said.
“That man was taken away and some time later, the rescue boat returned for another person that was still on the pier.
Kent Police said they were called to the scene in the Royal Harbour, Ramsgate, at around 11.30am on Monday to reports three people were in the water.
A force spokeswoman said: "Three men were recovered from the water, but one was later pronounced dead at the scene.
"The other two were taken to hospital for treatment.
"The death is not being treated as suspicious. Inquiries are ongoing to identify next of kin."
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said they were called to reports three people were in the water and in distress.
A spokeswoman said: "It is believed that all three people were washed off the pier by a large wave.
"Margate Coastguard Rescue Team and the Ramsgate RNLI Lifeboats were sent to the scene to assist, alongside South East Ambulance Service and Kent Police.
"All three people were recovered from the water and are in the care of the Ambulance Service. We have no further information regarding this incident."
The incident comes as Britain is being battered by as much as a month’s rain today with gale-force winds striking parts of the country after a deep area of low pressure brought unsettled, wet and gusty weather.
This morning a baby and their family had to be rescued by fire crews after their car got stuck in floodwater.
Two fire engines and a water safety unit were called to the scene at Sutton Valence, near Maidstone, Kent, and pecialist water rescue equipment was used to get the family to dry land.
Fire crews were also forced to rescue a man after a tree fell on his car, trapping him, amid heavy rain and high winds in the region.
Firefighters cut the roof off the vehicle and freed the man following the incident in Herne Bay, before he was taken to hospital by paramedics.
A tree surgeon attended to remove the fallen tree.
Robert Groombridge, of Kent Fire Rescue Service, said: "With heavy rain and strong winds set to continue throughout the day, we are urging motorists to take extra care on the roads, check your route before setting off and make sure to drive to the weather conditions.
"Please make sure you have your lights on and you keep your speed down."
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