Crews from Wattisham assist in rescue

RESCUE crews from Wattisham's RAF search and rescue team are thought to have been involved in a rescue operation in the North Sea last night.Emergency services were deployed off the coast of Lincolnshire yesterday evening after a 4,500-tonne ship came close to colliding with a gas platform.

RESCUE crews from Wattisham's RAF search and rescue team are thought to have been involved in a rescue operation in the North Sea last night.

Emergency services were deployed off the coast of Lincolnshire yesterday evening after a 4,500-tonne ship came close to colliding with a gas platform.

The vessel, called Vindo, broke down yesterday afternoon in bad weather laden with 4,200 tonnes of fertiliser.

It was drifting towards the Murdoch gas platform, 75 miles off the Lincolnshire coast, near Theddlethorpe St Helen.

The crew managed to start the Vindo's engines just a mile away from the platform and avoid a collision.

Crews from Wattisham are thought to have assisted with evacuating workers from the gas platform.

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