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Fishermen rescued after trawler grounded on rocks in storm

Published 11/04/2016

Three fishermen have been rescued from a trawler which hit rocks in stormy weather.

The 20m (66ft) Sean Anthony ran aground at Moneypoint on its way into Kinsale harbour in Co Cork at about 6pm on Sunday.

The local RNLI station had a rescue crew on the scene in 15 minutes.

Lifeboat helm Nick Searls said 3m (10ft) waves were breaking over the deck of the stricken beam trawler.

The RNLI boat got within metres of the boat and the three crewmen then entered the water individually and were pulled to safety.

Mr Searls said: "Our priority was to get the crew safely off the trawler, which was complicated by the breaking waves coming over the top of the boat.

"We needed to manoeuvre the lifeboat in as close as possible to the stricken trawler so that the three fishermen could individually jump into the water to be recovered immediately by the lifeboat crew."

The three fishermen were wearing lifejackets.

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