Press Notice No: 132-12
Friday, September 28, 2012
Posted 17:26 GMT
FISHERMAN RESCUED AFTER TWO AND A HALF HOURS AFLOAT
A fisherman was rescued this afternoon after he had spent around two and a half hours in the sea after he fell overboard from his fishing vessel.
The man was pulled out of the water after he was spotted floating by another fishing vessel, Codonga 2, around 16 miles off Robin Hoods Bay. Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a mayday from Codonga 2 at 3.26pm. The RNLI lifeboat from Whitby went immediately to the scene and from there they brought the fisherman back to shore where he is now receiving medical attention.
Codonga 2 had been contacted by the fishermans wife asking them to keep a look out for her husband as his vessel was overdue. They spotted his fishing boat in an unusual position and went to investigate at which point they found him in the water without any personal floatation device. Its believed he drifted five miles from where he fell in. Luckily his boat had drifted with him.
Graham Dawson, Humber Coastguard Watch Manager, said: This gentleman is extremely lucky to have survived this amount of time in cold water, particularly without a lifejacket.
If you are worried about someone who hasnt returned to shore, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, and we will take the appropriate action. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency recommend that commercial fisherman should wear a personal floatation device or lifeline whilst working on the deck of a vessel at sea.
Posted By: Joanne Rawlings
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