A fisherman is lucky to be alive after he was plucked from the North Sea after falling into the freezing waters.
The Coastguard have said the fisherman, who was not wearing a life-jacket, spent around two-and-a-half hours in the water on Friday, September 28, after falling from his boat around 16 miles off Robin Hood’s Bay in Whitby.
He was spotted by the crew of another fishing vessel, Codonga 2, before being rescued by a lifeboat crew.
The stricken fisherman’s wife had asked the crew of Codonga 2 to keep a look out for her husband, as his boat was overdue.
The crew spotted the fisherman and instantly raised a mayday alarm at 3.26pm, which was then picked up by Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre.
The RNLI lifeboat from Whitby was dispatched to rescue the fisherman and brought him back to shore, where he received urgent medical attention.
His boat was discovered in an unusual position, and the Codonga 2 crew found him in the water without any floatation device.
It’s believed he drifted five miles from where he fell in but his boat had luckily drifted with him.
Graham Dawson, Humber Coastguard Watch Manager, said that he was “extremely lucky” not to have perished in the water.
He added that anybody worried about someone who hasn’t returned to shore, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.