Two men rescued after boat sinks off Falmouth

A man is seriously ill in hospital after he and a crewmate had to be rescued after the fishing boat they were on sank off the coast of Cornwall.

The crewman was winched off the boat by helicopter and taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

The pair were onboard the Heather Anne vessel when it sank in Gerrans Bay, four miles east of Falmouth.

Another fishing boat, the Lauren Kate, raised the alarm at about 22:00 GMT on Tuesday and went to the men's rescue.

The second man was taken ashore to Mevagissey by lifeboat and checked over by paramedics.

Falmouth Coastguard said he was "cold and wet but otherwise well".

Andy Cattrell, Falmouth Coastguard watch manager, said: "We have no indications of why the fishing vessel sank in Gerrans Bay.

"We would like to thank the crew of the fishing vessel Lauren Kate for their speedy assistance in locating and recovering the two crew from the water and for making the mayday call."

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