Belfast Telegraph

Fishermen saved from stricken boat

Four fishermen were rescued after their boat hit rocks near the entrance to Ardglass Harbour in County Down.

They were pulled free as the 58ft wooden fishing vessel "Karen" began taking on water. The crew had prepared their liferaft, as the boat was in danger of sinking.

Belfast Coastguard received a Mayday call from the Newry-registered vessel, which operates out of Ardglass. The South Down and Portaferry coastguard rescue teams were immediately sent to the scene. The RNLI Portaferry inshore lifeboat and the Irish Coastguard Rescue Helicopter were also alerted.

The four men received medical attention on a quayside at Ardglass. One was later transferred to Downpatrick Hospital.

Steve Carson, watch manager at Belfast Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, said: "They are all safe but shaken by their traumatic experience."

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