VIDEO: Five people airlifted to safety after Cornish trawler sinks off South Devon coast
Five people had to be winched to safety after a Cornish-based trawler sank off the South Devon coast on Saturday.
Brixham Coastguard was alerted to the incident, 17 nautical miles south west of Bolt Head, at around 4.20pm after the crew of the Penzance-based ‘Chloe T’ reported water in the engine room of the vessel.
The crew donned lifejackets and were forced to get into a liferaft and evacuate the trawler after the pumps failed.
A search and rescue Sea King helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was scrambled to their rescue and they were airlifted to shore.
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The vessel filled with water and sank shortly after.
All five crew members were uninjured.
Video footage of the vessel sinking:
David Colmer, Brixham Coastguard Watch Manager, said:"The actions of this crew almost certainly resulted in them all being rescued from this dangerous situation.
"They called the Coastguard at an early stage, all wore lifejackets and took to the liferaft when the situation onboard deteriorated."
A number of fishing boats, an RNLI lifeboat from Salcombe, the ferry ‘Armorique’ and container ship ‘Maersk Partas’ also attended the scene to offer help.
Brixham Coastguard are liasing with the owner over salvage of the vessel.