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VIDEO: Fishermen in dramatic rescue tell of moment ship sank
2:41pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A FISHERMAN involved in a dramatic rescue in the Solent was in his sleeping bag and bunk bed when the ship capsized.
Two men were rescued by lifeboat crews after their fishing vessel capsized in waters near the Isle of Wight.
Members of the public saw red flares in the sky off the west of the Isle of Wight and an all-weather lifeboat was launched by RNLI lifeboat station in Yarmouth.
It was launched along with a Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent.
The two men, skipper Chris Hubbard, 31, and his mate Karl Stevens, 49, were found in a life raft at around 8.30am yesterday.
They were treated by paramedics at the scene and checked up at St Mary's Hospital on the Isle of Wight.
Mr Hubbard said: “I am still shocked, it doesn't seem real right now.
“I gather there was some weight on the port side and the weather and the tide just turned us over. I was in my bed at the time and Karl shouted 'get out bed'.
“As I did I was pinned against the floor which was the wall, and the opposite wall was the floor.
“Water started coming through a galley window on the port side and I was trying to get back up to the entrance but it was too high. Clothes started falling out of the wardrobe and I managed to grab hold of a heater on the bulkhead and took a breath as water filled the cabin.”
He added: “I struggled to get the door open under water, I imagine because of the pressure, but thank goodness on the third attempt I got it open.
“I had to get my bearings but I made it up to the surface and shouted to Karl. He was underneath the life raft so together we righted it and realised the situation we were in.
“The life raft was still tied to the boat so we had to cut that free because we were worried we might go down with her. I didn't have time to grab clothes, or a radio - I managed to grab three flares and that's what we used to try and get someone's attention.
“I was freezing cold in just my shorts and those were the longest two hours of my life. When I saw the lifeboat coming towards us it was such a relief. I just thought 'brilliant - we're saved.'”
Coxswain Howard Lester said: 'This sounds like it was very frightening for the two men involved, as it all happened so quickly.
“One minute the men were fishing and the next they were in the cold water with their boat upside down.
“Fortunately they were carrying the flares otherwise they may have drifted in the life raft for a lot longer before being seen. This is precisely why the lifeboats charity exists - to help people in distress through no fault of their own. I am proud of my volunteer crew and delighted we were able to help the two fishermen.”
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