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Portsmouth Lifeboat launched to investigate Sunken fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

Portsmouth's Atlantic 85 lifeboat Norma T was requested to launch this morning (Tuesday 12 April 2016 11:04am) to investigate a partially submerged fishing boat on Southsea beach.

On arrival, the RNLI lifeboat crew searched the partially sunken fishing boat to confirm that nobody was trapped inside, with coastguard rescue units already on scene and previous reports to say that the skipper had been spotted earlier wading out of the water, the volunteer crews focus changed to securing the wreck and preventing a potential environmental issue.

It is believed that in the mornings foggy weather, the fishing vessel struck an underwater World War 2 anti-submarine barrier causing extensive damage to the hull. Realising that his boat was taking on water the skipper took the decision to run the boat up the beach in an attempt to save it.

Once the boat had been secured the lifeboat returned to station and coastguard made arrangements for recovery

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