Man was so drunk he had to be rescued TWICE after getting stuck in chilly British river

Rescuers had to save a man so drunk he needed pulling out of a river TWICE.

The man, who was described as “extremely drunk” was first pulled from the River Tamar, which runs along the border of Devon and Cornwall, in the early hours of Sunday.

It is believed the man had tried to swim across the river but got stuck “up to his neck in the water” and police were called.

A Ministry of Defence Police launch was called in to assist as Devon and Cornwall Police officers raced to the scene.

The man was pulled from the water by rescue crews (Photo: Plymouth Herald WS)
The man escaped his rescuers and jumped back in the water (Photo: Plymouth Herald WS)
The Torpoint Ferry was halted mid river and passengers watched as the man repeatedly tried to swim away from his rescuers in the freezing water.

He was eventually hauled into the small boat by MoD Police and taken ashore, the Herald reports .

But just after his first rescue, the man evaded MoD cops to jump back into the water.
He was finally brought back to shore a second time before being handcuffed and led away to a waiting police van.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said it appeared the 22-year-old man was “extremely drunk”.

He was detained at the scene on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly. He has been taken to Derriford Hospital for treatment as a precaution.