Huge wave capsizes Cornwall fishing boat

A helicopter has airlifted a fisherman from the sea after his boat was tipped over by huge wave in Cornwall.

The small fishing boat Donna Mary capsized outside Porthleven harbour at about 1330 BST.

Coastguards said one of the crew made his way to shore while the other was rescued by a helicopter crew from RNAS Culdrose.

He was flown to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske suffering from cold and exhaustion.

Holidaymaker Nina Schofield, who captured the moment the fishing boat capsized on camera, said: "I was taking a picture thinking it was a really lovely scene and out of the blue a huge wave came and literally flipped the boat over.

She said that for the next 15 minutes people on the shore were trying to get to the sticken sailor.

"Your heart was in your mouth thinking 'please make it' because he couldn't get into the shore," she said.

"It was quite scary."

The Donna May, which was virtually broken in two by the wave, was washed into shore by the tide before being washed out again and sinking.

Attempts will be made to salvage it once weather conditions improve, Falmouth Coastguard said.

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