Press release

Boat angler rescued off Suffolk coast

An angler has been rescued after falling from a boat near Lowestoft.

MCA

A boat angler has been rescued after falling overboard near Lowestoft.

He clung to the edge of the small vessel until the rescue services arrived.

Humber Coastguard received a call from the angler’s fellow crewman around 8am today (20 February 2014) that a person was in the water.

The search and rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham, Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Lowestoft and Gorleston were quickly scrambled. The casualty was airlifted to James Paget University Hospital and the other crewman was taken ashore by the lifeboat.

Bev Allen, Watch Manager at Humber Coastguard, said:

An angler fell into the water and couldn’t get back into the boat, so clung on until rescue resources arrived.

Fortunately, the sea was calm at the time of the incident, but we strongly advise people to check weather and tides before they set out to ensure they can handle the conditions.

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Published 20 February 2014