THIS was the moment coastguards and lifeboat volunteers from Littlehampton and Shoreham saved a man whose ship had exploded, earlier today (Thursday, November 28).
The fisherman had tried fighting the blaze, but abandoned his boat, the Margaret Rose six miles off Littlehampton when it become engulfed with flames.
The skipper called 999 and Solent Coastguard coordinated a rescue operation to recover him from his life-raft around 10am today.
The coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was deployed, along with RNLI lifeboats from Shoreham and Littlehampton.
Littlehampton Coastguard Rescue Team were also on standby.
The man was recovered by the Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat and returned safely to shore. He did not sustain any injuries.
Shoreham RNLI lifeboat remained on scene to monitor the boat.