Lifeboat stations in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk were called out more than 300 times over the summer, a 16% rise on summer 2011. The region bucked the national trend which saw a small fall in call-outs to the RNLI.
Call-outs from East Anglian RNLI stations in summer 2012
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.
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.