Cornwall

Fisherman dies after boat sinks off Cornwall coast

A fisherman has died in hospital after the boat he was on sank off the coast of south Cornwall.

Two crew members on board the 35ft (10.6m) vessel, the Heather Anne, were rescued from the water in Gerrans Bay, on Tuesday at about 22:15 GMT.

One man, named locally as Ian Thomas, was taken to hospital in Truro. He died overnight, coastguards said.

The other man is recovering. Coastguards said they were unsure what caused the boat to sink.

The fishing vessel, the Lauren Kate, rescued both men from the bay.

'Blink of an eye'

The second man was taken ashore to Mevagissey by lifeboat and transferred to an ambulance.

A coastguard spokeswoman said: "There are no indications as to why the fishing vessel sank, but we hope to gather more information on what happened later today."

The Marine Investigation Branch will be investigating the cause of the sinking of the Heather Anne.

Mevagissey Harbour Master Hugh Bowles said: "I have been harbour master here for 19 years now and I have never felt a feeling like this in the harbour."

The families and friends of the crew of the Heather Anne are being offered support by the Fishermen's Mission.

Its superintendent, Keith Dickson, said: "Fishing is the most dangerous job you could possibly imagine. It's 50 times more dangerous than working on construction sites.

"It just shows you that how dangerous it is, with two experienced men on a good boat, that this can happen in the blink of an eye."

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