Local Fisherman rescued by the Royal Navy moments before going under 06/10/10
In a dramatic operation yesterday afternoon, dozens of onlookers powerless to help feared the worst as fisherman Stuart Williams started to sink beneath the surface a short distance off Porthleven in West Cornwall.
Aircrewman Petty Officer Shaun Knights was on board the Sea King helicopter, which had been scrambled from nearby RNAS Culdrose.
He said the situation initially looked bleak as the powerful helicopter hovered overhead.
“His face was under water.
“It was very time critical. I think if we had been even another minute later on the scene and it would have been a very different outcome.”
The fisherman, who has not yet been named but is understood to be from Porthleven, was in the 23feet boat with a colleague when the boat was struck by a giant wave and capsized.