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Video footage released of dramatic fishing boat rescue

Video footage released of dramatic fishing boat rescue

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:14pm 13th March 2019. (Updated at 3:52pm 13th March 2019)

Photo: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Video footage has been released of a dramatic fishing boat rescue off the Cornish coast.

The French vessel became stranded in stormy seas last night after its engine failed.

A distress signal was sent out and the coastguard helicopter and two lifeboats were scrambled near Land's End.

All six members of the crew were winched to safety during Storm Gareth.

Officials say the boat is now safely being towed and no pollution has been caused.

"This is definitely one of the most challenging jobs we’ve seen at Newquay. We were flying into a Force 8 gale with 20ft high waves swirling beneath us and we could clearly see the fishing vessel disappearing beneath the swell as we approached.

"We had the support of RNLI Sennen Cove on scene who had tried to establish a tow line but were unable to do so because of the severe weather conditions.

"We tried a variety of different winching positions as the fishing vessel pitched and rolled violently underneath us before lowering a hi-line and then our winchman to the bow.

"The only way we could do this was turn the helicopter 90 degrees out of winds which meant we were effectively flying sideways.

"Needless to say, it was very challenging deck; it stretched the capabilities of both the crew and the aircraft.

"However, despite this pressure we were able to take our time and safely recovered all six crewmates and our winchman to the aircraft before returning to the Newquay base.

"We’re grateful for the support of the Newquay Coastguard Rescue Team and the Newlyn Seaman’s Mission who met us when we returned."

Captain Sharky Finn from Newquay Coastguard helicopter

The coastguard later added: "Although weather conditions are still quite rough due to Storm Gareth the sister vessel ‘Faradet’ has successfully established a tow with the ‘La Fanette’ and it is now safely under tow proceeding to rendezvous with a French tug on route from Brest. 

"There has been no pollution reported however HM Coastguard will continue to monitor the vessel whilst it’s in UK waters."

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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