Sunken boat is salvaged

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A FISHING vessel that sank off the coast of Eastney has been recovered.

As reported, the Sea Bird sank two miles off Eastney after it started to take on water.

Volunteers from Portsmouth RNLI and Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service were called to rescue the two-man crew off the rapidly-sinking vessel on April 22.

After rescuing the crew, Peter Slidel, from Portsmouth RNLI, had to leap into the water as the boat capsized.

After spending two weeks at the bottom of the Solent, the trawler has now been recovered.

Mariners have been informed via the harbour offices for Langstone and Chichester Harbour.

The boat is owned by Rob Grantham, a fish merchant based at Old Portsmouth’s The Camber, and he plans to restore it.