Five plucked from stormy 20ft seas after fishing boat sinks off Lizard: PICTURE (From This is The West Country)
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Five plucked from stormy 20ft seas after fishing boat sinks off Lizard: PICTURE
9:50am Monday 4th November 2013 in Cornwall
Five fishermen have been winched to safety after their boat began to sink off the Lizard.
A rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was sent out to search the dark storm tossed seas after a mayday call around 1am.
With winds of 40mph and waves close to 20ft the five French and Portuguese crew aboard were preparing to abandon ship after the boat began to take on water 20 miles off the coast.
The rescue was co-ordinated by Falmouth Coastguard, and saw the Lizard lifeboat and two merchant ships used to provide some shelter for the helicopter winch rescues.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency reports that the fishing vessel had a 15cm hole in the hull and that the crew had tried and failed to plug the gap.
Adding that while the plan was to get the crew into a life raft the 'serious' situation meant the helicopter from Rescue 771 Squadron airlifted all five crew members.
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