Boat sinks off Bigbury Bay in south Devon

The lifeboat returns from the rescue
Image caption Flares sent from the boat and those surrounding it directed the lifeboat to the sailor

A sailor has been rescued from a vessel which sank off the south Devon coast, Brixham Coastguard has said.

The 9ft (2.7m) fishing boat sank off Bigbury Bay earlier. Two flares were released from it.

A lifeboat crew from Plymouth attended the incident and rescued the person on board. The person's condition is not currently known.

A helicopter from RAF Chivenor was also sent to the scene at about 13:30 GMT, the coastguard added.

Fishing boats in the area reportedly released flares to help the lifeboat locate the ship and placed liferafts in the water.

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