Coastguard praises boat skipper after incident off Great Yarmouth

Coastguard teams were called out. Picture: Supplied

Coastguard teams were called out. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Archant

Seven people were rescued from an angling boat today after its skipper called the coastguard at 11.30am to report he was sinking and required assistance.

The vessel was located one nautical mile south-east of Great Yarmouth Harbour.

All those on board were wearing lifejackets and the life craft was ready to be deployed.

The offshore standby vessel Putford Puffin was nearby and deployed its daughter boat which took six of the seven people on board.

The seventh person, the skipper, remained on board the angling boat and the Gorleston RNLI Lifeboat assisted him with getting a pump on board to pump off the excess water and stabilise his boat.

All seven people were then transferred to the lifeboat before they were taken back to Great Yarmouth Harbour where they were received onshore by the Gorleston Coastguard Rescue Team.

The angling vessel was then towed back into harbour by the lifeboat.

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Jolene Smith for the UK Coastguard said:

'This was a serious incident, but thanks to a well-trained and quick-thinking skipper and the correct communications and lifesaving equipment, we were able to ensure that rescue resources were quickly at the scene.'