Crew rescued from boat fire at sea off Lowestoft

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Media captionThe 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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