Sea rescue off the Suffolk coast

Three crewmen onboard a wind farm service vessel had to be rescued off the Suffolk coast after a fire broke out onboard, eventually sinking the vessel.

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Sea rescue after boat catches fire

Sea rescue off the coast of Lowestoft Credit: RNLI

Three crewmen have been rescued off the coast of Suffolk after their boat caught fire at sea.

Humber Coastguard was called to the emergency in the North Sea, 10 miles off Lowestoft after reports that the crew had abandoned the ECC Topaz. They'd been heading out to service a wind farm.

Graham Dawson, watch manager at Humber Coastguard, said. "The fire was quite severe and the crew had no option but to abandon the vessel. The crew had the correct lifesaving equipment and rescue resources were quickly on the scene.

The fuel and oil onboard the boat is believed to have burnt off during the blaze before the vessel sank.

Sea rescue off the Suffolk coast

The ECC Topaz sinking off the Suffolk coast Credit: RNLI

An investigation has begun after three crewmen aboard a wind farm service vessel had to be rescued after a fire broke out onboard their boat off the Suffolk coast.

The men were onboard the ECC Topaz, 10 miles off the Lowestoft coast.

The ECC Topaz on fire off the Suffolk coast Credit: RNLI

They were winched to safety onto the search and rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham.

The crew were taken to Norfolk's James Paget Hospital as a precaution. There were no serious injuries.

The vessel eventually sank.

RNLI crews on the way to rescue the crew from the vessel Credit: RNLI

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