Two fishermen rescued after boat sinks off Sunderland

Two fishermen have been rescued after spending nine hours aboard a life raft when their boat sank.

The pair had been fishing in the North Sea 12 miles east of Sunderland when their boat appeared to hit a submerged object, sinking so quickly they did not have time to make a distress call.

The pair were picked up by a Dutch yacht Jager at 4.40pm yesterday, Humber Coastguard said.

The crew contacted the coastguard which arranged for a lifeboat from Hartlepool to pick up the fishermen and bring them to shore.