Fisherman has part of leg amputated following accident near King’s Lynn

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A fundraising campaign has been launched to support a fisherman who had to have part of his leg amputated following an accident in the Wash off Lynn at the weekend.

Geoffrey Melton, who regularly works out of the Lynn docks, remains in Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge, where he was transferred following the incident on Sunday morning.

Mr Melton and his family are currently being supported by officials from the Fishermen’s Mission, a national charity which provides financial and emotional support to fishermen who are injured at sea and their families.

The charity says that an average of 15 fishermen are killed or seriously injured, and 45 boats lost, around the British coasts every year.

Tim Jenkins, senior superintendent of the East Anglian branch, which is based in Lowestoft, said yesterday: “He is in remarkably good spirits for the accident he has had.”

Lifeboat and emergency crews were called out shortly after 7.30am on Sunday following a distress call from Mr Melton’s vessel, which is registered in Lowestoft.

He was initially airlifted to Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital before being transferred to Cambridge, where he subsequently underwent emergency surgery.

It has been reported that Mr Melton had been attempting to deal with an engine problem on board his boat when the accident happened.

The Hunstanton lifeboat, which was called to the incident by the Humber coastguard, then towed the boat back into Lynn.

Meanwhile, news of the incident has triggered a wave of support among his colleagues, who have signalled their wish to help him.

Mr Jenkins said: “A lot of the fishermen have said they want to make donations and we’re going to co-ordinate that.”

Anyone who wishes to help can contact Mr Jenkins on 07963 478895 or email lowestoftcentre@fishermensmission.org.uk.