Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 27°C

min temp: 19°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Lowestoft: Lifeboat crew, sea rescue helicopter and coastguard rescue called to rescue man who fell into sea

15:17 20 February 2014

RESCUE: An angler is winched to safety, after he fell overboard off the Corton coast. Picture: MICK HOWES

RESCUE: An angler is winched to safety, after he fell overboard off the Corton coast. Picture: MICK HOWES

Archant

A man has been rescued by the Lowestoft Lifeboat crew and airlifted to hospital this morning (Thursday), after falling from his fishing boat.

shares
RESCUE: Lowestoft Lifeboat and the angling boat, after the skipper fell overboard off the Corton coast. Picture: MICK HOWESRESCUE: Lowestoft Lifeboat and the angling boat, after the skipper fell overboard off the Corton coast. Picture: MICK HOWES

The boat angler, who was skipper of a 20ft fishing boat that had one other person on board, got into difficulties after he fell into the sea and was then unable to get back into his vessel off the coast by Corton.

He clung to the edge of the small vessel until the rescue services arrived.

Humber Coastguard received a call from the angler’s fellow crewman – believed to be his prospective son in law – about 8am, following reports that a man had fallen into the sea. The search and rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham, Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Lowestoft and Gorleston were all called out and were quickly on the scene.

It is understood that the skipper and his crew were a few hundreds out to sea, and were almost in line with the Church of St Bartholomew at Corton when the man was rescued.

He was believed to have been in the sea for “at least 20 minutes” according to witnesses, and was hanging on the side of his boat when he was rescued.

The casualty was airlifted to James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston and the other crewman was taken ashore by Lowestoft lifeboat.

Bev Allen, watch manager at Humber Coastguard, said: “An angler fell into the water and couldn’t get back into the boat, so clung on until rescue resources arrived.

“Fortunately, the sea was calm at the time of the incident, but we strongly advise people to check weather and tides before they set out to ensure they can handle the conditions.”

A spokesman for Lowestoft Lifeboat said that the lifeboat came alongside the vessel and the man was supported in the water by a lifeboat crew member.

“The men were angling when the boat rolled in the swell and the skipper fell overboard. He was hanging onto the side of the vessel and second coxswain of the Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat crew, Karl Jackson, jumped in to support the man until the helicopter arrived and winched him to hospital.” the lifeboat spokesman said.

shares

0 comments

The Quay Theatre in Sudbury.

Only half of those responding to an online survey about Sudbury have visited historic market town’s key tourist attraction, figures have revealed.

West Suffolk College Achievement Awards at Bury Cathedral. West Suffolk College Principle Dr Nikos Savvas.

Challenges in life and daunting efforts against adversity were recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

View of Alton Water taken from near Lemons Hill Bridge at Tattingstone. Photograph: KEITH MINDHAM

A body pulled from the water at Tattingstone last night has been identified by police as a 22-year-old man from the Ipswich area.

Police

A 20-year-old woman was walking along Hardy Court at approximately 2.30pm on Tuesday June 30 pushing a pram with a child.

Crowds of people head to the beach at Felixstowe to enjoy the scorching temperatures.
Ken Webb,Livia Button and Sandra Webb celebrating the hot weather.

Temperatures as high as 28 degrees have already been recorded in both counties, with Suffolk predicted to peak at 31.

Kier are responsible for making sure roadworks do not over-run

Highways contractor Kier MG is continuing to miss almost half its performance targets set by the council – and there is no sign of any improvement in the most recent figures.

Abellio Greater Anglia

London Liverpool Street services have been affected, with some trains unable to stop at or leave Colchester.

Josh Kelley prepares a memorial for a new plaque dedicated to the 495th Tactical Fighter Squadron, a deactivated fighter squadron, based on Royal Air Force Lakenheath Kelley replaced the previous plaque, placed in 1991.

An American teenager has restored a memorial to RAF Lakenheath airmen who served and died in operations in Libya and Saudi Arabia.

Mara Stefanova and Shaun Wolton serving at the festival last year.

The Festival of Beer and Brewing is coming to Stowmarket this month, featuring more than 80 real ales and ciders.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages