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VIDEO: Crew Rescued From Wrecked Boat

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10:08am 3rd February 2014
(Updated 10:08am 3rd February 2014)

Rescuers have told how the crew of a stricken fishing boat were forced to jump into massive waves at the height of the weekend's storms.

Le Sillon was drifting without power off Trevose Head in 60mph winds.

It had lost power after being battered by waves on Saturday afternoon.

A helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was scrambled, along with Padstow lifeboat, when Falmouth coastguard was asked to help by their French counterparts.

Richard Pitman was part of the crew. He said: "It's one of the worst we've had for a long time.

"Just as the helicopter got there they assessed the situation and realised they couldn't get the crew off. With that the tow rope parted and it then became a situation for the crew to jump into the water, one at a time, and then be picked up by the helicopter."

The wreck of the French fishing vessel has washed up in Porthcothan Bay.

See video of it here...

10:08am 3rd February 2014

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