Coastguard save angler for second time

A FISHERMAN was rescued from choppy waters off Brightlingsea for the second time in as many months.

A FISHERMAN was rescued from choppy waters off Brightlingsea for the second time in as many months.

Clacton and Walton coastguard launched after a 999 call reported a 26ft fishing boat 'XLT' in trouble with two people on board.

Lifeboat crews headed out at around 4pm today to free the vessel, which had run aground in adverse weather with no navigation equipment, charts, functioning radios or flares.

The unseaworthy boat was found in Buxey Sands and towed towards the Brightlingsea shore, where it was discovered that one of the crew on board had been rescued from the water in November.

On that occasion, the 52-year-old had been rescued by RAF helicopter and winched to hospital after falling in the sea, where he remained for 30 minutes until a member of the public spotted him.

Coastguards repeated advice given to the fisherman last November but could not prevent him from planning to take his boat out again today.

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