LONDON (AP) — Four fishermen have been rescued after capsizing in the English Channel during a heavy storm.
Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency said Thursday the men capsized east of the town of Eastbourne late Wednesday afternoon.
Two were reported to be in the sea and the other two were sitting on the hull of the overturned fishing vessel.
The two men in the sea were safely taken on board a merchant vessel that rushed to the scene. The two men sitting on the hull were in danger of being washed away because of high waves and strong winds until they were airlifted into a search and rescue helicopter.
The men were treated for exposure but did not require hospitalization.
Coastguard controller Kaimes Beasley said a potential tragedy had been averted by the coordinated rescue effort.