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Old 03-02-2015, 02:21 PM   #1
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Rough Weather in UK Sinks Fishingboat - Video

Just a recent example of the impact of unexpectedly bad weather on even a well-prepared fishing boat.

Daring rescue of fishermen seconds before boat sinks off Isle of Lewis

Dramatic footage has been released of the rescue of five fishermen moments before their boat sank in rough seas.

The Iuda Naofa started taking on water about 48 miles north of the Isle of Lewis on Monday morning and made a distress call to the coastguard.

A rescue helicopter was sent to the scene and dropped a salvage pump to clear water from the Irish vessel, but it was soon swamped and started to sink.

Footage from the coastguard shows the fishermen scrambling on the upturned stern of the boat as a coastguard winchman was sent down his line. A large wave crashes into the sinking vessel, sending four of the stranded crew into the sea. The last fisherman, close to the boat’s still-turning propeller, manages to escape just moments before it is completely submerged.

Read the full story and see the video here:

Daring rescue of fishermen seconds before boat sinks off Isle of Lewis | UK news | The Guardian

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Old 03-02-2015, 02:38 PM   #2
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Talk about nick of time. Geez. They are very fortunate to be alive.

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Old 03-02-2015, 03:16 PM   #3
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Bizarre to see that prop start rotating. Wonder if water shorting the electrics fired the starter.

Good save on the rescue.
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