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Fisherman dies after boat sinking

A fisherman has died in hospital after the boat he was on sank, the Coastguard has said.

Two crew members of the Heather Anne were rescued from the water by another fishing vessel, the Lauren Kate, four miles east of Falmouth, Cornwall.

The second man was "cold and wet but otherwise well" after being seen by an ambulance crew, Falmouth Coastguard said.

The Lauren Kate raised the alarm with the Coastguard at about 10pm on Tuesday after witnessing the 36ft (11m) boat sink in Gerrans Bay on the Roseland Peninsula.

One man was later winched by helicopter and taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, while the second was taken ashore to Mevagissey, where the boat was based, by lifeboat and transferred to an ambulance.

A second lifeboat checked for debris at the fishing boat's last known location.

Andy Cattrell, Falmouth Coastguard watch manager, said: "We have no indications of why the fishing vessel sank in Gerrans Bay.

"We would like to thank the crew of the fishing vessel Lauren Kate for their speedy assistance in locating and recovering the two crew from the water and for making the mayday call."

Hugh Bowles, the harbourmaster at Mevagissey, said both crewmen were local to the village and had been out fishing for pilchards in the 40-year-old vessel when the incident happened.

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