Rescued duo were 'lucky' to survive sinking ordeal.
TWO fishermen were rescued from the sea when one of them was seen clinging to a lobster pot marker after their boat sank.
Four RNLI lifeboats were sent to join the operation off the Northumberland coast to find the other man just before 9am.
The pair were said to have been "extremely lucky" to have survived after being in the cold water for some time.
The alarm was raised by the crew of another boat after they spotted a fisherman clinging to a lobster pot marker in the sea.
They pulled him on board their vessel and radioed for help to find the other man.
After about an hour, the Amble RNLI inshore lifeboat crew spotted the man on the beach at Coquet Island, which is about a mile off the Northumberland coast.
They rescued him by lifeboat and he was then airlifted to hospital by a Coastguard helicopter. Amble RNLI coxswain John Connell believed the man managed to swim the short distance to the island after his boat overturned and sank.
He added: "These are two extremely lucky fishermen.
"The water is very cold and they were in the water some time but they did what they could to look after themselves until help arrived."