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Yachtsman dies on his boat

PUBLISHED: 21:00 24 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:08 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK widow is today coming to terms with the sudden death of her husband, and father of three, after a boating trip turned to tragedy.

Yachtsman, James Vinten, 43, died from a suspected heart attack during a weekend sailing trip on the River Orwell.

A SUFFOLK widow is today coming to terms with the sudden death of her husband, and father of three, after a boating trip turned to tragedy.

Yachtsman, James Vinten, 43, died from a suspected heart attack during a weekend sailing trip on the River Orwell.

His wife tried desperately to resuscitate him with advice from the ambulance service but was unsuccessful.

The family is today being comforted by family and friends at the family home.

Mr Vinten, of Aspall Road, Debenham was sailing with his wife and three children when he collapsed on board the family's yacht.

His wife made an urgent 999 call and the search and rescue helicopter from Wattisham base was sent immediately to the vessel.

The family was anchored off Levington Marina, bound for Ipswich, enjoying a boating weekend on the 40 ft vessel Sea Wind II when tragedy struck at 8 am yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the ambulance service said: "The family were given resuscitation advice over the telephone and while this was going on the air-sea rescue and a land ambulance were dispatched. The man was thought to have had a cardiac arrest."

The victim was airlifted by the Wattisham crew to an awaiting land ambulance where he was taken to the accident and emergency department of Ipswich Hospital but died on arrival.

The Harwich all weather and insure lifeboats also attended the incident and coastguards from Felixstowe and Holbrook.

The vessel was later taken to Harwich Harbour.

The man's wife and children were taken to the hospital by friends who drove down from their home village to help.

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