A man had a lucky escape after being thrown from his speedboat which then circled him as he desperately tried to swim to safety.
Coastguards, who were alerted to the incident off the South Devon coast yesterday morning, said that the man had disconnected the safety 'kill' cord which would have shut down the engine as he was hurled from the craft.
The incident bore similarities to the tragedy in Padstow Bay last year when a TV executive and his eight-year-old daughter died after being thrown from their speedboat.
Brixham Coastguard said they received a 999 call from a member of the public just after 10am yesterday morning, reporting that a man had been hurled into the water from his speedboat near Teignmouth Quay.
The boat was said to be going round in circles and the man was trying to swim away to safety.
The Teignmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and the Teignmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat were sent to the scene.
The lifeboat crew managed to bring the boat under control by cutting the engine.
The man had been picked up by another boat nearby and was brought ashore where he was met by Coastguard Rescue Officers.