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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Crew rescued from sinking Cumbria boat

THE FOUR man crew of a Cumbria registered fishing boat were rescued by helicopter last night.

The Rachel Jayne IV started sinking more than 24 miles off the Tyne at around 5pm yesterday.

An RAF helicopter was sent to the scene and lifted the men from their liferaft before taking them to Wansbeck General Hospital in Ashington.

The trawler - owned by Ryan Whitehead, of Maryport, who was on the boat with his son and two others from the North East - could not be saved by the RNLI and sank.

Mike Puplett, Humber Coastguard watch manager, said: “The Rachel Jayne IV was listing badly when the crew took to the liferaft, and has since sunk.

“This was a well-known Maryport registered prawn fishing boat with an experienced crew.

“[The incident] just goes to show that you should always be prepared for the unexpected.”

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