Drama at sea

Blackpool volunteer crew member Shaun Wright enters the water in sub zero temperatures.

Blackpool volunteer crew member Shaun Wright enters the water in sub zero temperatures.

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THIS is the dramatic moment a volunteer lifeboat man went into the water in freezing temperatures to rescue three fishermen when the engine of their boat failed.

Blackpool RNLI were called to the scene a mile out to sea off South Shore at 8am on Sunday to tow the men to safety.

The three men had planned an all-day fishing trip on the 17ft vessel, but suffered engine failure shortly after setting off and became stranded.

They used a mobile phone to call for help and the RNLI crew rushed to the scene.

Once the lifeboat arrived volunteer crew member Shaun Wright entered the water and made his way to the stricken craft to help those stranded on board.

The crew was then able to tow the boat and land the men at Squires Gate.

None of the fishermen were injured during their ordeal.