Lifeboat called to help two men stranded in angling boat after engine failure

Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat called to help two men stranded in an angling boat

Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat called to help two men stranded in an angling boat - Credit: Archant

The Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat was called out to help the crew of a small boat, stranded close to a sandbank off Pakefield this afternoon.

Following a call at 2pm today (23 October 2016) the Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat aided the six metre long angling boat called 'Jack' which had suffered engine failure when a rope became wrapped around the propeller. Although the two-man crew had managed to clear the rope - they were still drifting dangerously close to a sandbank and were taking on water from waves breaking over the shallows. Lowestoft Lifeboat coxswain John Fox said: 'A call for help had been made from the angling boat to the Port Control and they requested that the lifeboat be launched. 'Some of the volunteer lifeboat crew were still at the station, having just returned from our regular Sunday morning training session so we were able to respond very quickly.

'The angling boat was on the edge of the Newcome Sands, east of Pakefield Church, and we reached her in minutes. The sea was quite choppy in the shallow water and there was a moderate breeze blowing.

'The two crewman were both wet and quite distressed and one was shivering with cold – so we made all haste to get a tow line attached and bring them into the Yacht Basin – where they were met by HM Coastguard Rescue teams from Lowestoft and Southwold.'

A lifeboat spokesman said that once back in harbour the anglers did not need medical attention and were able to sail their boat back to its moorings.

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