Dorset

Boat off Dorset coast sinks after father and son saved

A man and his son have been winched to safety after their fishing boat started to take on water off Dorset.

A mayday broadcast was made just before 1400 BST after the Rowella vessel started to sink south of Lulworth Cove.

The two men on board scrambled into a liferaft and were quickly found by the coastguard helicopter and airlifted.

They were "very shocked" but unhurt. The crew of two RNLI lifeboats tried to save the vessel but it later sank.

The area has been marked by buoys to alert sailors and the sunken boat will be assessed to see if it poses a navigation risk.

It is unclear what caused the vessel to take on water.

Coastguard watch manager Andrew Jenkins said: "We are pleased that thanks to the swift response of the helicopter, lifeboats and the fishing vessels that responded to the call, the two crew members were brought safely ashore and needed no medical attention.

"The two lifeboats remained on scene to ensure that any flotsam that might have come to the surface from the vessel did not pose a hazard to other craft in the area and all relevant authorities have been informed."

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