Two fishermen have been taken to hospital after a fishing boat sunk just south of Amble this morning.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) was alerted to the incident, near Coquet Island, by a personal locator beacon at 8.40am, although the Gazette understands that the 21-foot lobster vessel, Rising Sun, may have gone down earlier, around 7am to 7.30am.
The MCA was then contacted by another lobster vessel, Boy Liam, after they rescued one of the men from the water. Initially, the crew thought it was a seal, before realising it was a man clinging to a buoy.
Both lifeboats from Amble and the town’s coastguard team were involved in the search for the other man, along with Seahouses and Newbiggin lifeboats. The Search And Rescue helicopter was launched from Humberside Airport.
The first fisherman was taken back to the harbour and taken to hospital by land ambulance, while the missing man was found on Coquet Island and airlifted to the RVI in Newcastle. Both men were hypothermic following their time in the water.
Amble RNLI coxswain John Connell said it’s thought the second man managed to swim the short distance to the island after Rising Sun overturned.
He said: “These are two extremely lucky fishermen. The water is very cold and they were in the water some time but they did what they could to look after themselves until help arrived.
“We always hope for a positive outcome but we are all very, very relieved that the two fishermen have been found and we wish them well for a speedy recovery following their ordeal.”