French and Portuguese fishermen rescued off the coast of Cornwall
Five French and Portuguese fishermen were saved off the Cornish coast earlier this week when their boat began to sink in stormy seas.
The crew on board the boat, called the Panamera, sent out a mayday call around 01:00 GMT when their vessel started to take on water about 20 miles off the Lizard.
RNAS Culdrose sent out a search and rescue helicopter, which winched the fishermen to safety and in the end, no one was hurt.
The rescue was co-ordinated by Falmouth Coastguard and it also involved the Lizard lifeboat and two merchant ships.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said the operation was carried out in rough seas, with winds of 40mph (35 knots) and waves up to 20ft (6m).
The lifeboat and merchant vessels were used to provide some shelter for the winching operation, to make it easier for the helicopter crew.
The crew were actually preparing to abandon ship when the helicopter arrived on the scene.
Ken Bazeley, an MCA spokesperson, told the BBC News: "The Panamera had a 6-inch (15cm) hole in the hull and the crew had been trying to stem the flow of water and plug the hole.
"The intention was to get the crew into a life raft, but the situation was getting quite severe, so the helicopter recovered all five crew."
The crew from Rescue 771 Squadron flew the fishermen to RNAS Culdrose.