Successful North Sea ditching
The two occupants of a light aircraft were rescued after they ditched 3 miles off Orford Ness, Suffolk.
After receiving an alert from the West Drayton Air Traffic Distress and Diversion Cell at around 1820 BST, a RAF Sea King from Wattisham and lifeboats from Harwich and Aldeburgh were sent to the last reported position of the aircraft.
There was no sign of the aircraft when the Sea King arrived on scene but, after a track-line search, the 2 occupants were quickly found in the water and were winched to safety and taken to Ipswich Hospital.
The lifeboats arrived on scene shortly after and started a search for wreckage, but the aircraft - believed to be a PA-28 or PA-32 - had sunk.
It appears that the aircraft had suffered an engine failure, giving time for a 'Mayday' call and controlled ditching - made more difficult with a fixed undercarriage.
The aircraft is reported to have been en route from Germany to UK.
Details from the MCA below.