A survivor rescued from a diving boat as it sank suddenly off the Suffolk coast has been reliving the terrifying moment when he realised he was trapped on board.
The man only escaped after swimming through an open window. He and ten others on board were pulled from the water by the Lowestoft lifeboat crew, who happened to be training nearby.The lifeboat cox said he'd never seen a boat sink so fast. Malcolm Robertson reports.
Survivors of a diving boat which sank off Suffolk yesterday have been talking about how lucky they are to be alive. Eleven people were pulled from the water after the boat went down just outside Lowestoft harbour.
Malcolm Robertson reports.
Four people were taken to hospital today (Sunday 22 July) after the boat they were in sank just off Lowestoft harbour in Suffolk.
The RNLI lifeboat were returning to their base when they spotted the diving vessel in trouble. The coxswain of the lifeboat said he had never seen a boat sink so fast.
The coxswain of an RNLI rescue mission to save 11 people from a boat that sank in Lowestoft harbour says it 'sank in seconds'. John Fox from Lowestoft RNLI said he had never seen a boat sink so quickly, and that if it had been out at sea it would have been a tragedy.
Four people have been taken to the James Paget Hospital, although none of them are seriously injured. Lowestoft RNLI was returning to its base at about ten past twelve today (Sunday 22 July) when it spotted the vessel in trouble.
The sunken boat is still in the water, but the RNLI says it has been anchored, and that measures have been taken to make the water safe. It is not yet known what caused the boat to sink.
Lowestoft RNLI have taken part in a major rescue operation this afternoon.
The lifeboat was returning to base after completing its exercises when it saw a boat carrying divers in trouble by the harbour entrance. Mick Richford from the RNLI said:
– Mike Richford, RNLI Lowestoft
"The boat was sinking very rapidly. People had to be rescued from the water."
The RNLI say 11 people have been recovered and everyone is now accounted for. A number of ambulances are at the scene and the rescued divers are recovering at the lifeboat station. Several are being assessed as to whether they need to be taken to the James Paget Hospital.