Crew rescued from boat fire at sea off Lowestoft

The fire is thought to have broken out in the wheelhouse of the ECC Topaz

Three crewmen were winched to safety by a rescue helicopter when their boat caught fire at sea.

The men had abandoned the ECC Topaz and managed to get into a life raft after the fire took hold about 10 miles off the coast at Lowestoft, Suffolk.

A helicopter from Wattisham Airfield took them to hospital as a precaution on Tuesday afternoon. They are not believed to have been seriously hurt.

The craft, which was en route to a wind farm, is believed to have sunk.

Graham Dawson, watch manager at Humber Coastguard, said: "The fire was quite severe and the crew had no option but to abandon the vessel.

"The crew had the correct lifesaving equipment and rescue resources were quickly on scene."

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