Crew rescued from boat fire at sea off Lowestoft
- 14 January 2014
- From the section Suffolk
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."