THREE fishermen were plucked from the icy sea after their boat was swamped by a wave and sank.
In a dramatic rescue, both Hartlepool’s RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats were launched to haul the men to safety, after the incident near Longscar Buoy, in Hartlepool Bay on Sunday afternoon.
Fishermen had sent a mayday call to Humber Coastguard at 1.05pm and the lifeboats were launched a minute later.
The 16ft fishing cabin boat had been hit by a wave about a mile offshore, but the pump onboard had not been able to cope with baling out the water.
RNLI volunteers managed to haul the three men, believed to be in their late 50s, to safety and whisked them away to the lifeboat station, where two ambulances were waiting.
The men were taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, but it is not thought they have been seriously hurt.
The rescue also involved the town’s Coastguard team.
See Monday’s Hartlepool Mail for more on this story.