Two men treated by paramedics after fishing boat overturns off coast of Great Yarmouth

Caister Lifeboat leaving Yarmouth harbour. Photo: Nick Butcher.

The Caister Lifeboat was launched to help a fishing boat which was taking on water off Hemsby Gap this evening.

Two men were helped ashore after getting into trouble at around 6.40pm.

They were being escorted back to land by Caister lifeboat when their boat overturned, leaving them in the water.

Both were wearing lifejackets so were left shocked but unhurt and checked over by paramedics.

The Winterton Coastguard Rescue Team and the Gorleston all-weather RNLI lifeboat also assisted and the two men were checked over by an ambulance crew but didn't need further treatment.

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Mike Puplett, watch manager at Humber Coastguard, said: 'It's unclear at this time what happened to cause this fishing boat to take on water and then overturn. However, the fact that both men on board were wearing lifejackets meant they could be pulled from the water quickly.

'It's also essential for boats to make sure they're fitted with the necessary communications equipment so in an emergency, you can quickly raise the alarm.

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'Where possible, all vessels should be fitted with VHF digital selective calling (DSC) radio equipment which can send a distress alert and, if linked up to GPS, an accurate position of your vessel to the Coastguard with one touch of a button.'

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