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Capsized fishermen rescued at sea

Capsized boat (Pic: Exmouth RNLI)
The fishermen were rescued by the crew of another fishing boat

Two fishermen from Devon have been rescued after their boat capsized and sank off the Dorset coast.

The men, who were thrown clear of the Aleyna, were in the water for about 20 minutes before the nearby crew of Deborah Girl pulled them from the sea.

A rescue helicopter was scrambled to the scene, 20 miles (32km) south west of Portland Bill, while the Deborah Girl's crew pulled the pair to safety.

The men, from Brixham, showed signs of hypothermia and were flown to hospital.

I was worried that they'd be trapped in the boat upside down
David Driver, skipper, Deborah Girl

David Driver, skipper of the Deborah Girl, said: "What was going through my mind was just to try and get our fishing gear up and get to the casualties as soon as possible.

"I was concerned about getting them out of the water.

"I was worried that they'd be trapped in the boat upside down."

A Portland Coastguard spokesman said: "They were in the water for quite an amount of time and were taken straight to hospital.

"As the boat went down and sank they were thrown clear and left in the water."

The Exmouth RNLI lifeboat attended the scene to recover debris.

The Aleyna is a 14m (46ft) fishing vessel working out of Brixham which was registered in Jersey, the coastguard said.

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