Two men rescued after vessel capsizes
Two men who spent over an hour in freezing water clinging to a capsized vessel off the Antrim coast are recovering from hypothermia after being rescued by the RNLI.
The men were travelling from Ballycastle to Scotland when their cargo shifted and the nine-metre landing craft overturned at around 7am yesterday.
The coastguard picked up a faint distress call from the sinking landing craft off Fair Head on the Antrim coast. The two men were found clinging to the vessel by lifeboat crew who brought them to shore.
The men, from Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre, were suffering from shock and hypothermia and taken to Antrim Area hospital.
Red Bay RNLI man Paddy McLaughlin said: “The two men had been in the sea for over an hour and were feeling the effects as the lifeboat crew arrived.
“We administered first aid at the scene and transferred the casualties to shore immediately where they were met by an |ambulance.”