The seventh of January 2015 turned out to be a day that would change the lives of three fishermen forever. It was a calm summer afternoon when Steve, Terry and Colin set out for a day’s fishing. They were experienced fishermen, they all had life jackets and mobile phones and had checked the marine forecast. But despite their precautions, it turned out to be a day that would change the lives of these three men forever.
Around 4pm conditions began to change on the often unpredictable Firth of Thames. The sea was getting choppy and their 16 foot boat was being thrown around by increasingly large waves.
The men dropped their burley pot but with boat moving about in the rough conditions the line became tangled around the propeller making it impossible to start the boat’s engine. Skipper Steve leaned over towards the boats motor to untangle the line. Then it all went horribly wrong as the vessel capsized flipping Steve, Terry and Colin into a churning sea.
They were flipped out so quickly they didn’t even realise what had happened. They were submerged, clinging to the slippery aluminium hull in complete shock. They watched their gear being dragged away by the strong current and their mobile phones were nowhere in sight. Their energy levels and core body temperatures were about to rapidly drop and instinctively they kicked into survival mode.
Treading water to stay afloat, Steve grabbed some rope he found floating next to
him and told Terry and Colin they’d all be best to tie themselves to the boat and