Four fishermen rescued after their boat capsizes in the Channel

Lifeboat crews from Eastbourne and Hastings this afternoon (Wednesday, 7) helped to rescue four fishermen after their boat capsized in the English Channel.

Just before 4pm, coastguards received a report of an overturned boat with two people in the water and two people sitting on the hull.

The HM Coastguard Lydd search and rescue helicopter was immediately launched, as well as the Eastbourne and Newhaven RNLI All Weather Lifeboats to the scene.

The boat, who reported the incident, picked up two people from the water and the two people on the hull were picked up by the HM Coastguard helicopter.

Duty Controller for HM Coastguard, Kaimes Beasley said:

“This was a very successful outcome to what could have been a tragic one. 

“There was a huge effort to rescue these four men in near gale force conditions in the English Channel.

“Thankfully, all four fishermen have been picked up and despite being cold and wet are otherwise safe and well.”

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency suggested safety advice, including:

“When heading out to sea you should always make sure you have a means of alerting us if you get into difficulty.

“We can never get time back, speed is of the utmost importance – don’t wait for things to improve.

“You need to inform us as soon as a potentially difficult situation is developing – once things start to go wrong, they can develop rapidly.

“Always carry a means of alerting the coastguard if you get into difficulty.”