Crew of diving boat evacuated by Coastguard helicopter after vessel runs aground on River Ouse at Goole

The crew of a diving contracting firm's boat have been airlifted off the vessel after it collided with a sandbank and ran aground.

The incident involving the Northern Divers Ltd boat took place on the River Ouse near Goole Docks.

The Coastguard helicopter had to land on the mud flats to evacuate two of the seven people aboard.

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They are thought to have suffered injuries and been flown to Hull Royal Infirmary but their conditions are not yet known.

The MV Anne-Marie has become stranded on a sandbank

One person was removed on a stretcher.

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The Coastguard said: "Just before 10.20am today HM Coastguard was asked to assist a vessel which had run aground at Goole, with three people on board. The search and rescue helicopter from Humberside and the Hull Coastguard Rescue Team have been sent.

"It was later confirmed that seven people were on board. The search and rescue helicopter from Humberside has airlifted two people to hospital. The Hull Coastguard Rescue Team was sent to secure the helicopter landing site at Hull Royal Infirmary. The remaining crew plan to stay on the vessel until the tide allows it to refloat."

The Coastguard helicopter landed on the mud flats to evacuate the crew

The vessel involved is the MV Anne-Marie - described on Northern Divers' website as 'virtually indestructible and unsinkable'.

The Hull-based company's services include underwater civil engineering, commercial diving, harbour and dock maintenance, salvage, structural inspections and repairs, wind farm operations, hydrographical surveys, bridge inspections and pipeline installations.