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VIDEO: The moment fishermen rescued from liferaft as boat sinks in Solent
11:10am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
FISHERMEN were rescued by lifeboat crews after their fishing boat sank this morning.
Solent Coastguard received numerous 999 calls at around 8am to reports of a red distress flare west of the Needles lighthouse near Christchurch, Dorset.
The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team was sent out to investigate along with the RNLI Yarmouth all-weather lifeboat and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent.
The two fishermen, believed to be from the Poole area, were recovered from their liferaft and taken back to shore by lifeboat where they were checked over by ambulance crews.
It is thought they had been on their liferaft for at least two hours.
They did not require further medical attention.
Matt West, watch manager at Solent Coastguard, said: “It appears this fishing vessel suffered problems early this morning, and sank quickly. So much so that the two men on board didn't have time to radio us for help.
“Luckily, they managed to get into their liferaft and take with them some red distress flares which meant they could raise the alarm.
“We always urge fishermen to make sure they're well prepared when heading out to sea, with as much life saving equipment on board as possible. This includes the necessary communications equipment, a liferaft, distress flares and of course personal flotation devices, which should be worn at all times whilst on deck.”
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