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Stranded fisherman towed to safety off Co Down coast

Two fishermen have been pulled to safety after getting into trouble off the Co Down coast.

An overheated engine on board the 10m fishing vessel left the men stranded one mile south of Donaghadee. 

A volunteer lifeboat was launched shortly after 8am this morning, with Donaghadee RNLI's lifeboat Saxon coming to the men's aid.

Once Arriving at the scene, the lifeboat crew were able to establish the pair were safe and well before setting up a tow line to pull them to safety.

The boat was then towed back to Donaghadee Harbour.

Donaghadee RNLI Coxswain Philip McNamara said the skipper of the fishing vessel had made the right decision in calling for help.

"We would remind anyone planning a trip to sea to always respect the water. Always wear a lifejackets, always have a means for calling and signalling for help, always check weather and tide times and make sure someone ashore knows where you are going and who to call if you don’t return on time," he added. 

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