TWO pensioners had a lucky escape after their boat sank in the Solent.
The men, who were in their 70s and were out fishing, were pulled out of the water off Hill Head by a passing yacht after surviving in the water for about an hour.
After a mayday was sent out a rescue helicopter and lifeboats responded.
One of the men was taken to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance and the other man, whose condition was not as serious, was taken to the same hospital by road ambulance after being taken to Warsash by lifeboat.
A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said: ‘There was a mayday just before 10.20am reporting two people in the water at Southampton Water.
‘The assets that were sent were the Calshot RNLI, the Lee-on-the-Solent rescue helicopter and the Hillhead Coastguard rescue team.
‘They were all tasked to assist the recovery of two casualties.’
The Royal Navy and the Hamble Harbour authorities also responded to the mayday.