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Watch: Northern Ireland lifeboats rescue fishing crew off Isle of Man

Lifeboats from Northern Ireland helped rescue the crew of a sinking fishing boat off the Isle of Man.

On Tuesday evening, the crew of the fishing boat radioed for help after their vessel began rapidly taking on water.

At the request of Belfast Coastguard, Donaghadee RNLI launched their lifeboat Saxon to the scene at 6.07pm, followed later by lifeboats from Portaferry and one from Peel on the Isle of Man.

The fishing boat and its five crew members were located around 21 miles west of Peel, where they were struggling to cope with the intake of water.

The crew was able to lower the water level using their own pumps and was escorted into Portavogie Harbour by Donaghadee and Portaferry RNLI's lifeboats.

Speaking following the call out, Donaghadee RNLI Coxswain John Ashwood said: "The quick thinking of the experienced skipper of the vessel to request assistance early is commendable.

"He realised that they may not get the issue under control and allowed ample time for the lifeboats to get to himself and his crew. It was a good outcome that they were able to return to harbour safe and well.

"We would remind everyone planning a trip to sea to always respect the water. Always wear a life jacket and always carry a means of communication. Should you get into difficult, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard."

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