Belfast Telegraph

Fishermen rescued from sinking trawler

Five fishermen have been rescued from a sinking trawler that ran aground in the Irish Sea.

The 12m vessel was holed after drifting on to rocks just south of Balbriggan harbour in north Dublin at about 5am and sank about three hours later.

It is understood the engine of the boat became disabled while at sea.

Three RNLI lifeboats from Howth, Skerries and Clogherhead and the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 were dispatched to the scene when the emergency calls came in.

The crewmen were transferred to the Howth RNLI lifeboat after it managed to get alongside the stricken vessel.

A Coast Guard spokesman said: "The crew, despite the ordeal, are reported to be in good spirits."

Three pumps were transferred to the stricken trawler in a bid to keep it afloat after the men were taken off the vessel but lifeboat volunteers could not prevent it from sinking.


From Belfast Telegraph