Man falls from North Sea rig

A WATTISHAM helicopter crew were involved in a dramatic oil rig rescue today after a man fell from a platform in the North Sea. A Sea King RAF Search and Rescue helicopter was scrambled at 9.25am.

A WATTISHAM helicopter crew were involved in a dramatic oil rig rescue today after a man fell from a platform in the North Sea.

A Sea King RAF Search and Rescue helicopter was scrambled at 9.25am.

A spokesman said: “We were requested to fly to the rig about 40 miles off the coast of Great Yarmouth. A man had fallen off the rig but had been rescued and needed to be conveyed to hospital.”

The man was later flown to James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

A spokesman for Yarmouth Coastguard said the man had been rescued by the rig's fast rescue craft and the lifeboat had not been deployed.