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Fisherman spent two and a half hours in sea after falling from boat
Published:  01 October, 2012

A fisherman was rescued on Friday afternoon, September 28, after he had spent around two and a half hours in the sea after he fell overboard from his fishing vessel.

The man was pulled out of the water after he was spotted floating by another fishing vessel, Codonga 2, around 16 miles off Robin Hoods Bay. Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a mayday from Codonga 2 at 3.26pm. The RNLI lifeboat from Whitby went immediately to the scene and from there they brought the fisherman back to shore where he received medical attention.

Codonga 2 had been contacted by the fisherman's wife asking them to keep a look out for her husband as his vessel was overdue. They spotted his fishing boat in an unusual position and went to investigate at which point they found him in the water without any personal floatation device. It's believed he drifted five miles from where he fell in. Luckily his boat had drifted with him.

Graham Dawson, Humber Coastguard Watch Manager, said: "This gentleman is extremely lucky to have survived this amount of time in cold water, particularly without a lifejacket."

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency recommend that commercial fisherman should wear a personal floatation device or lifeline whilst working on the deck of a vessel at sea.

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