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Couple Rescued From Sinking Boat After Collision With Buoy In River Humber

09/06/2013 15:34 BST | Updated 09/08/2013 10:12 BST
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Two people have been taken to hospital after being rescued from a sinking boat in the River Humber, lifeboat crews said today.

Humber Rescue said it launched a lifeboat at 6.50am after reports that a 27ft cruiser had half sunk.

A spokesman said: "As crews arrived on scene they found the Sea Eagle to have a significant hole in her hull caused by a collision with the buoy. A number of boats also went to assist the sinking cruiser.

"Two crew members were rescued and taken by lifeboat to an awaiting ambulance which transferred them to A&E at Hull Royal Infirmary with unknown injuries."

The rescue boat then returned to the scene to tow the boat back, close to their Hessle based boathouse where it was beached and pumped out, Humber Rescue added.

Ian Bennett, Coxswain at Humber Rescue, said: "This was certainly a lifesaving job for us, there was no doubt that we had to get on scene as a matter of urgency for those involved.

"This is the type of incident that we train our volunteer crews for and without doubt that came into its own today, our crews worked superbly."

One of the volunteer crew from Humber Rescue sustained a shoulder injury in the incident and was taken to hospital for a precautionary check up.

An investigation will take place into the incident.