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VIDEO: Five people airlifted to safety after Cornish trawler sinks off South Devon coast

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: September 02, 2012

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Five people had to be winched to safety after a Cornish-based trawler sank off the South Devon coast on Saturday.

Brixham Coastguard was alerted to the incident, 17 nautical miles south west of Bolt Head, at around 4.20pm after the crew of the Penzance-based ‘Chloe T’ reported water in the engine room of the vessel.

The crew donned lifejackets and were forced to get into a liferaft and evacuate the trawler after the pumps failed.

A search and rescue Sea King helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was scrambled to their rescue and they were airlifted to shore.

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The vessel filled with water and sank shortly after.

All five crew members were uninjured.

Video footage of the vessel sinking:

David Colmer, Brixham Coastguard Watch Manager, said:"The actions of this crew almost certainly resulted in them all being rescued from this dangerous situation.

"They called the Coastguard at an early stage, all wore lifejackets and took to the liferaft when the situation onboard deteriorated."

A number of fishing boats, an RNLI lifeboat from Salcombe, the ferry ‘Armorique’ and container ship ‘Maersk Partas’ also attended the scene to offer help.

Brixham Coastguard are liasing with the owner over salvage of the vessel.

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  • Treleaven1  |  September 03 2012, 10:40PM

    @ mrtappers So, are you saying that yes, there are disproportionately more boats from Brixham getting into troulble at sea and that it is down to just bad luck? Is that what you are saying?

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  • mrtappers  |  September 03 2012, 3:39PM

    by Treleaven1 Monday, September 03 2012, 7:50AM ."We do seem to get an unproportionately large number of fishing boats from Brixham that get into trouble while at sea. What is the reason for it? Is it down to poor maintenance of the vessels or the operation of them?" most of the boat owners retain 60% of the weekly earnings to spend on the upkeep and maintenence of their boats,(The MCA do random checks on these boat to make sure everything is ok)unfortunately these boats have to work 24/7 in most weathers to make a living,If you drove your car at that rate even if it was serviced 3 times a year ,something would go wrong that you didn't forsee.At least the crew are trained and certificated for these incidents and survived ,you can't replace good crewmen ,but you can replace a boat ,well done to the skipper for his actions.just bad luck for the boat

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  • oldjamaica  |  September 03 2012, 9:20AM

    I am just just glad the crew were all rescued.

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  • Othursty1  |  September 03 2012, 8:11AM

    Sour graapes, any one? How about for you gematar?

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  • Treleaven1  |  September 03 2012, 7:50AM

    We do seem to get an unproportionately large number of fishing boats from Brixham that get into trouble while at sea. What is the reason for it? Is it down to poor maintenance of the vessels or the operation of them?

  • gematar  |  September 02 2012, 9:25PM

    Must add that the video is extremely tastless. But whoever filmed it probably made a quick dollar. The Chloe.T, infact is not a Penzance based fishing vessel. The Chloe.T however fished out of Newlyn for a number of years, until very recently, when she was sold to a Brixham outfit, and sadly, was not fishing out of Newlyn any longer. The Chloe.T, was up until yesterday a Brixham based fishing vessel. And the news of her sinking is indeed extremely sad.

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