Crew rescued from fishing vessel after running aground off Ardglass
A crew of five fisherman have been rescued from a fishing boat after running aground on rocks at Ardglass in Co Down.
The crew of the Dillon Owen, registered in County Cork, were airlifted from the vessel after losing power and drifting onto rocks in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Kevin Quigley, from the NI Fishery Harbour Authority, told the Belfast Telegraph the boat was preparing to dock to unload its cargo of herring.
"As it was entering the harbour it lost power and very quickly drifted up on the rocks," he said.
"Nothing could be done to avoid that.
"It then awaited high tide at 7.30am at which time an attempt was made by the RNLI to re-float her.
"That failed and shortly after that the decision was taken to get the crew airlifted off. That was successful and no one was injured."
Mr Quigley said that due to severe weather there will be be another attempt to re-float the Dillon Owen on Wednesday evening.
"A team of surveyors are coming down to survey the boat and formulate a plan for the recovery of the vessel," Mr Quigley added.
Mr Quigley said the vessel is currently listing "very badly" and is at risk from the severe weather.
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