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rnli17-25rtirresizedyarmouthlifeboatUPDATED: Yarmouth’s RNLI lifeboat has this morning (Thursday) been tasked to the aid of a sinking vessel, 10 miles South West of The Needles.

The crew were scrambled in the All Weather Lifeboat at 10:42 after a Mayday called was received from ‘Forget Me Not’, a 32ft fishing vessel which was in difficulty and beginning to sink, putting the lives of those on board in danger.

The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team was sent to a vantage point at The Needles, while Solent Coastguard issued a Mayday Relay broadcast to other vessels in the area able to offer assistance.

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rescue104The single fisherman on board went into the water, but was wearing a lifejacket and had a handheld radio and distress flares with him. He set off one of the flares, and was located and winched on board by the Coastguard helicopter, before being transferred  to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport. His condition is currently unknown.

The 32ft vessel has now completely sunk and mariners are being warned of debris in the area.

Alan Waters, Duty Watch Manager at Solent Coastguard, said:

“This fisherman was wearing a lifejacket, which no doubt aided his survival. He also took distress flares and a handheld radio into the water with him which enabled rescue units to find him quickly.

“We always recommend fisherman wear a personal flotation device whilst working on the deck of a vessel at sea. It’s also useful to have an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or a Personal Locator Beacon ( PLB) with you, which can send an accurate position of where you are to the Coastguard.”

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