Two men have been rescued after their fishing boat sank near Christchurch in Dorset.
Solent Coastguard received several calls at 8am this morning reporting a red distress flare west of the Needles lighthouse.
The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team reported that they could see a liferaft out to sea.
The RNLI Yarmouth lifeboat and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent were launched and took the men back to shore by lifeboat.
It is thought they were out in their liferaft for at least two hours but they did not require any further medical attention.
It appears this fishing vessel suffered problems early this morning, and sank quickly. So much so that the two men on board didn’t have time to radio us for help.Luckily, they managed to get into their liferaft and take with them some red distress flares which meant they could raise the alarm.We always urge fishermen to make sure they’re well prepared when heading out to sea, with as much life saving equipment on board as possible.”