Lives of two fishermen who went overboard saved

Portsmouth's relief Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Norma Ethel Vinall
Portsmouth's relief Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Norma Ethel Vinall
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TWO fishermen’s lives were saved after they went overboard near Langstone Harbour.

The RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat was called out to reports of men in trouble near the Winner sandbank shortly after 11.15am on Thursday.

On arrival they found two fishermen clinging to the side of an upturned dinghy, cold and struggling to stay afloat without life jackets.

The crew discovered one of the men was elderly and a diabetic, and they had been in the water for more than half an hour.

Helmsman Neil Maxwell instructed Lyndon Gadd and Hamish Bettany to assess and monitor their condition while he radioed for an ambulance and rushed the boat to shore.

The casualties were taken to the boathouse and monitored until paramedics arrived.

The Atlantic 85 class Norma Ethel Vinall was relaunched to recover the dinghy.