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Three adults and child rescued from sinking boat off Down coast

Three adults and a child have been rescued from a sinking boat in the Irish Sea.

A mayday signal was sent to the Belfast Coastguard to say that a boat was in trouble just after 1.15am on Wednesday September 21.

It happened between Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

RNLI from Peel in the Isle of Man said that the rescue involved two warships, three helicopters and a lifeboat.

It had been travelling from Glasgow to Conwy in Wales when it started taking on water and was in danger of sinking.

A fishing boat from Kilkeel, County Down, was the first on the scene and stood by until rescuers arrived.

The Peel lifeboat and its volunteer crew arrived and were able to put a pump onboard to evacuate the water.

The boat with three adults and one child on board was stabilised and helicopters and other vessels stood down.

The trawler was then taken in tow by Peel lifeboat bound for Peel, during this time the young lady and child took ill so the tow was dropped about 15 minutes from Peel and the two taken to Nobles hospital.

Meanwhile the lifeboat escorted the stricken vessel into Peel harbout at around 5am.

Coxswain Paul Cain, said: ​"We advise people to always check their equipment before leaving port."

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