Fishermen in North Sea rescue drama – Fishupdate.com
Fishermen in North Sea rescue drama Published: 29 July, 2014
TWO fishermen are recovering after a major ordeal in the North Sea when they were forced to spend more than nine hours in a liferaft.
They were forced to abandon their trawler after it struck an unknown submerged object.
The two men had been fishing in the North Sea, about 12 miles east of Sunderland, when their boat appeared to hit something and sank so fast they did not have time to make a distress call.
However, the liferaft floated free of the vessel and the men were able to inflate it and climb in. The sea was fairly calm at the time.
The pair were picked up by a Dutch yacht, Jager, at around 4.40pm yesterday. The crew contacted the coastguard, which arranged for a lifeboat from Hartlepool to pick up the fishermen and bring them to shore.
Humber Coastguard, which co-ordinated the rescue, said the two men were safe and well but somewhat shaken by their experience.
A spokesman added: We would like to thank the crew of the Dutch yacht Jager who went out of their way to ensure the men were safe.
So far the men have not been named. Coastguard teams are now searching for the wreckage of the boat and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.
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