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UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Poole fishermen rescued as boat sinks in Solent
TWO fishermen from Poole had a lucky escape after their fishing boat sank off the Isle of Wight this morning.
Chris Hubbard, 31, and friend, Karl Scrivens, 49, were rescued after their 14m fishing vessel rolled over just off Christchurch Ledge.
Footage by the RNLI
Several calls were made to Solent Coastguard at around 8am to reports of red distress flares seen in the sky off the west of the Isle of Wight.
Yarmouth RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew were subsequently launched using their all-weather lifeboat, Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer) and were able to reach the two men who had reportedly been in their liferaft for two hours.
Chris said: “I gather there was some weight on the port side and the weather and the tide just turned us over.
“I was in my bed at the time and Karl shouted: ‘Get out of bed.’ As I did, I was pinned against the floor, which was the wall, and the opposite wall was the floor.
“Water starting coming through a galley window on the port side and I was trying to get back up to the entrance, but it was too high.”
He described his and Karl’s wait for help as ‘the longest two hours of my life.
Chris added: “When I saw the lifeboat coming towards us, it was such a relief. I thought, ‘Brilliant. We are saved’.”
Howard Lester, coxswain of Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: “This sounds like it was very frightening for the two men involved, as it all happened so quickly.
“One minute the men were fishing and the next, they were in the cold water with their boat upside down.
He added: “This is precisely why the lifeboat charity exists – to help people in distress through no fault of their own.”
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