Rescue off Clacton after sea anglers' boat sinks

Sunken boat A lifeboat arrived to find the vessel had already sunk on the Dengie Flats, off Clacton

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Three anglers have been rescued after their boat sank off the Essex coast.

Coastguards received a mayday call from the Christine Marie, reporting that it had hit an underwater obstruction on the Dengie Flats, off Clacton.

Clacton inshore lifeboat was launched, and an Essex Police vessel and private craft responded to the distress call shortly before 13:00 BST on Saturday.

The three men who were on board the 25ft boat were picked up by a yacht and taken to Burnham-on-Crouch.

Danny Thatcher, helmsman of the Clacton lifeboat, said: "When we got there the boat had already sunk and you could see it on the bottom."

He said the three men on board were safe and well.

"The yacht was happy to take them back to Burnham," he said.

"We are grateful to the yacht's crew for its assistance."

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