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    Default Three Brixham fishermen rescued after 12 hours on life-raft

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-18958103

    Three Devon fisherman who spent 12 hours adrift on a life-raft after their boat capsized and sank have been rescued.

    The crew of the Brixham-registered Betty G abandoned the scallop dredger at about 01:40 BST off Lyme Bay.

    They were rescued by helicopter at about 14:00 BST after a dive boat spotted a flare they released.

    The men required no medical attention and are being taken back to Brixham, Portland Coastguard said.

    The coastguard said Betty G was yet to be located as the men had been unable to give their exact location when the incident happened.

    Robert King, who was skippering the Blue Turtle, which had a group of divers on board and went to the aid of the fishermen, said he believed the trawler's net had snagged causing it to capsize immediately.

    He said the Betty G went over so quickly the three crew did not have have time to call for help.

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    anyone know if this is the Betty G E535 or the Betty G II E316 ??

    glad the boys are safe , boats can be replaced lives can't

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    Not sure which boat Davie, but they keep saying on the local TV & radio that the fishermen were from Brixham so I think it is probably the E 535. The other one is Exmouth based, about 15 miles up the coast, they would however be fishing the same areas. Sounds like they were very lucky as they didn't have time to get a mayday out, a quick capsize by the sound of it.

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    This boat was fitted with the MOB Guardian.
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    http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/Br...ail/story.html

    Brixham fishermen rescued as boat sinks in 'seconds'

    The crew of a Devon trawler tangled in the ropes of their sinking ship have told how they seized their "last chance" of rescue after frantic attempts to alert emergency services failed.

    Speaking as they recovered from their 12 hours in a life raft, an ordeal which started in the early hours of yesterday morning, the men said they were lucky to be alive.

    Stuart Greene, skipper of the Brixham-based Betty G, admitted: "It was very hairy for a while.

    "We were cold, we were wet, we were huddled together on the life raft for warmth.

    "We were down to our last flare. It was our last chance."

    The crew, comprising Mr Greene, 34, Joe Moore, 22, and Max Didlick, 26, were fishing about ten miles off Lyme Bay at around 2am yesterday when things started to go wrong.

    The ship's nets had snagged on the seabed, then, as Mr Greene brought them to the surface, one split, causing the vessel to roll suddenly, flinging the crew off the deck.

    "Within seconds we were all in the water," said Mr Greene. "It just happened so quickly there was no time to think about anything."

    The life raft was seen bobbing on the water, but was still in its container as the painter line attaching it to the ship, which would normally stretch causing it to inflate, had not done so.

    To add to the drama, both Mr Greene's and Mr Didlick's legs were tangled in rope, which in turn were attached to the sinking vessel.

    "We managed to free ourselves," said Mr Greene. "But we had to get the painter rope cut. There was a knife in the raft, but it was dark and I couldn't get to it.

    "Joe had to go back on to the boat, which was seriously listing at this point, and grab a gutting knife.

    "He managed to get one and we cut the rope and jumped into the raft.

    "Within two seconds of cutting the rope, the ship had sunk under water."

    As the three men scrambled into the life raft, they imagined their ordeal would soon be over and a rescue helicopter was on its way.

    However, they realised no-one was aware that they were in danger.

    "When it was happening we didn't have time to think about things – it was just about getting ourselves to safety," said Mr Greene.

    "The adrenaline took over and it was about getting into the life raft.

    "Then we were floating around in a life raft and after about three hours, we began to realise the emergency beacon had not gone off.

    "We launched two or three flares, but to no avail. We tried sending Morse code signals using a torch, but to no avail.

    "At 9am a boat went within about half a mile of us and we tried to wave them down, but to no avail. By then, we were a bit dismayed."

    As the men dozed off, Mr Greene became aware of the sound of another boat nearby.

    "I popped my head out of the life raft and I could see another boat.

    "We had one last flare and I fired it.

    "Fortunately it came over. The crew was surprised to see us, they thought we were on some sort of exercise."

    The three men were then airlifted to safety by the coastguard helicopter based at Portland.

    Despite their lengthy ordeal, Mr Greene said they were all confident that they would eventually be rescued.

    "It didn't cross our minds [that we would die]," he said. "We were in the life raft and we knew we would be rescued – it was just a question of when."

    Fred Cargill, spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said he was glad the men's story had a happy ending.

    "We are very pleased they survived this traumatic experience," he said.

    "It's gratifying that another vessel spotted them and made that emergency call so that the coastguard helicopter from Portland could lift them to safety."

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    Does this help clearing up if this is the Betty G E535 or the Betty G II E316 ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davie Tait View Post
    Does this help clearing up if this is the Betty G E535 or the Betty G II E316 ??
    betty g e535
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