VIDEO: RNLI rescue fishermen after boat sinks quickly near Christchurch
TWO fishermen were rescued after their boat sank near Christchurch.
Solent Coastguard received several emergency calls at around 8am yesterday reporting a red distress flare west of the Needless lighthouse.
RNLI crew from Yarmouth, Isle of Wight were called to the scene, along with the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent.
Matt West, Watch Manager at Solent Coastguard said: "It appears this fishing vessel suffered problems and sank quickly - so much so that the two men on board didn't have time to radio us for help.
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"Luckily, they managed to get into their life-raft and take with them some red distress flares which meant they could raise the alarm."
The two fishermen were recovered and taken back to shore by the RNLI lifeboat - where they were checked over by ambulance crews.
Luckily the men didn't need any further medical attention, despite being out in their life-raft for more than two hours.
"We always urge fishermen to make sure they're well prepared when heading out to sea, with as much life-saving equipment on board as possible" added Mr West.
"This includes the necessary communications equipment, a life-raft, distress flares and of course personal flotation devices - which should be worn at all times whilst on deck."
Take a look at video footage of the rescue below courtesy of the RNLI