Three people in hospital after major rescue operation off coast of Skegness

Seven crew members have been rescued following a boat accident off the east coast of Skegness.

The crew members made the decision to abandon ship after reporting difficulties, 25 miles north of Cromer. HM Coastguard launched a rescue operation after learning the vessel was taking on water.

Cromer RNLI all-weather lifeboat and HM Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopter from Humberside were sent to the scene. Offshore supply vessels and wind farm vessels have also been assisting with the operation which remains ongoing.

Three casualties have been airlifted to hospital and Cromer lifeboat has collected the four remaining crew.

In a statement, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said:

John Redmond, Operations Manager for RNLI Cromer, said: "When the boat arrived on the scene they found seven casualties some who'd made it to a life raft. Three were airlifted to Hull accident and emergency and four casualties were brought back to cromer where they were treated by the East of England Ambulance Service."

One of the vessels involved in the rescue operation was a Service Operation Vessel from Dufgeon offshore wind farm. In a statement, ESVAGT said: