48 people rescued after boat starts taking on water near the Scilly Isles

An image of the RNLI, taken during a training exercise in February Credit: Owen Humphreys / PA

Forty-eight people have been rescued after the passenger boat they were on started taking on water off the coast of the Scilly Isles.

Search and rescue helicopters and RNLI lifeboats were called after the vessel started taking on water south west of St Agnes at 11.30am on Sunday.

According to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency - who released a recording of the rescue - all 48 passengers and two crew members were rescued and taken to safety.

The boat was towed by the RNLI into St Mary's Harbour on the Scilly Isles after a salvage pump was put onboard.

A spokeswoman for the RNLI confirmed passengers were initially rescued by two fishing boats that were in the area:

Gillian Hill, who said she was on the boat when it began taking on water, posted her appreciation to the rescue effort on Twitter: "I was on the boat - RNLI, boat people and emergency services were amazing."

"Thanks to the ios RNLI,Scilly boatmen&woman & emergency services for rescuing our boat today. Amazing," she added.