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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Pedestrian taken to hospital after collision with car in thick fog

A pedestrian was injured and three sailors had to be rescued as thick fog caused chaos.

The A595 was closed at around 10.30pm yesterday following a collision between the pedestrian and a car at Moor Row, near Whitehaven, before reopening about two hours later.

The pedestrian, a 23-year-old man from Cleaton Moor, was taken to the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven with head injuries,

The driver of a white Citroen C3, a 57-year-old man from Whitehaven, was unharmed.

Police are appealing for witnesses on 101.

Coastguards were also scrambled to rescue two sets of sailors who had become disorientated in heavy fog.

The first incident was reported at around 7pm yesterday after a man sailing a yacht from Whitehaven to Ravenglass had got lost.

Whitehaven coastguard and St Bees lifeboat were called to the scene to pull the vessel back to the safety of the shore.

Then at around 8.50pm, coastguards were alerted to Derwentwater, near Keswick, after two men had become marooned on Lord’s Island in a kayak.

Coastguards said the pair had also lost their way in the fog and were rescued and brought safely back to dry land.

Cumbria police were warning drivers to take extra care this morning as thick fog was affecting large parts of the county.

The Met Office said visibility could drop below 100m in some areas.

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