Three crew members rescued from ship in Instow

THE Appledore all weather lifeboat Mollie Hunt was at sea for several hours on Saturday night search

THE Appledore all weather lifeboat Mollie Hunt was at sea for several hours on Saturday night searching for a missing fisherman. - Credit: Archant

Swansea Coastguard managed to trace the faint mayday call after vessel hit an object and started to take on water.

A STRICKEN vessel and three crew members were rescued by the Coastguard and RNLI after sending out a mayday call yesterday (Thurs) evening.

The Hedrik had run aground after hitting an object and was taking on water at around 6.50pm at Instow.

Even though the mayday received was faint, Swansea Coastguard located the ship and requested the Appledore RNLI lifeboat to launch.

The Chivenor Sea King helicopter was also scrambled to the scene to offer assistance if required and a nearby yacht named Flute stood by.


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Within 10 minutes of the mayday being received three crew members were safely rescued from the ship and transferred to the lifeboat.

Steve Matthews, Swansea Coastguard watch manager said: “This was an incredibly fast and slick recovery operation.

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“The crew members are safe and dry and we are currently assisting an effort to re-float this vessel using its salvage pump.

“Thank you to all teams involved”

Did you witness the rescue? Send your photos to sarah.howells@archant.co.uk.

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