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WATCH: Fisherman saved after an hour in rough seas

WATCH: Fisherman saved after an hour in rough seas

Published by Emma Carton at 7:26am 11th March 2019. (Updated at 12:11pm 11th March 2019)

Cornwall's Coastguard helicopter saves a fisherman stranded in rough seas for an hour.

Reagan went overboard off the coast of Salcombe in the early hours of Sunday.

Lifeboats and nearby fishing crews joined the search after a mayday call went out.

The trawlerman, who was wearing his lifejacket, was spotted by his own crew some 400m away from the smoke marker position.

"This is an incredible rescue story. We got the call to help just 5 minutes after the fisherman had fallen overboard. Despite horrendous weather conditions on scene with winds in excess of 60 knots, we were preparing ourselves for an extensive search and rescue operation. The fishing crew had done all the right things and even from a distance we quickly spotted the smoke marker and the life ring they had released.

"The fisherman was spotted by his crew about 40m on the starboard side of his fishing vessel, some 400m away from smoke marker position.

"We flew towards that position and saw the casualty immediately as he was wearing a reflective life jacket.

"We lowered our winchman into the water in very rough conditions and conducted a double winch recovery which only took about 2 minutes.

"Once on board we flew straight to Derriford Hospital and handed him over to A&E department, where we have now heard that he's doing well and in good spirits".

Captain Jörg Brunner, HM Coastguard Newquay helicopter

"We could not have hoped for a better outcome. Our own Coastguard helicopter, A French Navy helicopter, along with a number of fishing vessels and the RNLI, had been searching for an hour this morning in very rough seas and challenging weather conditions. Thankfully, the fisherman was wearing a lifejacket, which no doubt aided his survival and enabled his crewmates to find him quickly.

"By taking this simple safety precaution means that when he fell into the water his survival time increased significantly, despite the cold water and the horrendous weather conditions.

"This could have been a very different outcome today had he not been wearing his lifejacket and we commend his actions, which have assisted in saving his life.

"We wish him a speedy recovery".

HM Coastguard Duty Controller Dai Jones

You can read more here or watch the dramatic rescue below...



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