Skegness RNLI helps rescue two men after boat sinks in The Wash

Coastguard helicopter Rescue 912 lights up the area around Hunstanton lifeboat B-848 Spirit of North Norfolk shortly after they rescued the two men from a life raft. Photo: RNLI Skegness/Russ Matthews
Coastguard helicopter Rescue 912 lights up the area around Hunstanton lifeboat B-848 Spirit of North Norfolk shortly after they rescued the two men from a life raft. Photo: RNLI Skegness/Russ Matthews

Skegness RNLI crew members assisted in the rescue of two men after their boat sank in The Wash on Tuesday night.

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Skegness and Hunstanton lifeboats just before 11pm when two men on what was described as ‘a small cabin cruiser’ reported taking on water in The Wash, between the two towns.

Coastguard helicopter Rescue 912 was also scrambled from Humberside Airport to assist in the rescue.

Having launched the all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher, further information confirmed the boat had sunk and the two occupants had taken to a life raft.

After a brief search of the area, the life raft was spotted almost seven miles away from its last reported position, by Rescue 912.

Hunstanton lifeboat was able to get to raft and take the two occupants on board, with Skegness lifeboat arriving shortly afterwards to offer assistance.

The two men were taken to Hunstanton on the lifeboat and checked over by ambulance crews while the Skegness lifeboat headed back across The Wash.

Lincolnshire Poacher was back on the beach at Skegness at 1.45am on Wednesday morning.

The launch was the fourth in 10 days for the volunteer crew of the lifeboat, after a training launch the previous evening and two rescue calls the previous week with Wells lifeboat on Saturday, June 9 and with Humber lifeboat on Tuesday, June 12.