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Major rescue as fishing boat gets stranded in storm

Major rescue as fishing boat gets stranded in storm

Published by Emma Carton at 7:07am 13th March 2019. (Updated at 2:15pm 13th March 2019)

Six crew have been airlifted from a fishing boat, stranded in stormy seas off Cornwall.

The French vessel, La Fanette, was drifting in huge swells off Land's End on Tuesday night.

It issued a distress signal after its engine failed, sparking a major air and sea rescue.

Cornwall's Coastguard helicopter and the Sennen and Penlee lifeboats were scrambled.

"Six crew from a fishing vessel in distress have been airlifted from their disabled vessel off Lands End in atrocious weather conditions over night.

"HM Coastguard was alerted at around 10pm on Tuesday night to the 24m French registered fishing vessel, La Fanette, which had suffered engine failure.

"Another fishing vessel went to assist and HM Coastguard requested the launch of Sennen Cove RNLI lifeboat.

"Despite atrocious weather, Sennen Cove Lifeboat launched but due to 5-6 metre waves on scene and storm force winds, it was impossible for either the fishing vessel or the lifeboat to establish a tow with La Fanette.

"Penlee RNLI all weather lifeboat also attended.

"The six crew on board were airlifted from the fishing vessel by Newquay Coastguard Rescue Helicopter.

"HM Coastguard continues to monitor the drifting vessel".

HM Coastguard

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