Fisherman airlifted to safety off the coast of Sussex

The fisherman who had to be airlifted from a vessel off the coast of Sussex after he severed his hand has had surgery, his rescuers have reported. The Coastguard and Lifeboat crews rescued the man on Sunday from Artvelde, a Dutch Vessel. A spokeswoman from Shoreham RNLI said that the crewman had become entangled in a rope, thus severing a hand.

Michelle Tugwell is the spokeswoman who released the statement, and she said that the man had gone to a hospital in Brighton where he underwent surgery. She said that as yet his current condition was unknown. The alert was raised by his fellow cruise members on Sunday morning when the beam trawler was 10 miles south of Shoreham.

The lifeboat was standing by as the coastguard helicopter lowered a paramedic onto the vessel to assist the injured man before be was lifted off and taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.