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Humber coastguard called to help stranded fishermen

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

Both of the fishermen are now safe and well, although a little shaken by their ordeal. We'd like to thank the Dutch yacht Jager which rescued the men and went out of their way to ensure their safety.

– Mike Puplett, watch manager at Humber Coastguard

Coastguard teams are now searching for the wreckage of the boat and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.