A dramatic river rescue was launched after a pensioner fell off his boat into a fast-flowing River Lune.
Emergency services were scrambled after the man, 65, was seen in distress near the water treatment plant at Glasson Dock at around 11am on Thursday.
He was carried down the river for about two miles, Lancaster fire station watch manager John Timperley said.
He was eventually plucked from the water near the Golden Ball pub, Snatchems, at Overton by Morecambe RNLI’s lifeboat. Two fire appliances from Lancaster, ground police, a police helicopter and two ambulances were also sent to help.
Drinkers at the pub watched on as the major operation swung into action.
Mr Timperley said: “The tide was particularly high, ten metres, but he was wearing all the correct equipment and the flotation device held him up in the river.
“He was then carried upstream towards Lancaster by the incoming tide, which was fast-flowing.”
The helicopter pilot pinpointed the man’s exact location and crews on the ground were diverted.
The RNLI boat entered the river close to the Golden Ball pub, racing to the man’s aid to pull him to safety.
Mr Timperley added: “He was all well when he was lifted out of the water.
“There is no doubt that the safety device saved his life.
“He travelled more than a mile, perhaps as many as two miles.
“The emphasis here is to make sure that people do wear the correct equipment when using the River Lune.”
A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene.
She said the man was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary for treatment after being in the water for around an hour.