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Iuda Naofa: Watch the dramatic moment five crewmen were airlifted from a sinking Irish fishing boat

Dramatic footage has been released of the moment five crewmen were airlifted to safety when an Irish fishing boat began to sink off the Isle of Lewis.

The rescue operation was launched following a distress call on Tuesday morning at around 11am when the Irish vessel Iuda Naofa got into difficulty as it started taking on water about 48 miles from the Butt of Lewis in Scotland.

Three people were treated for mild hypothermia after being airlifted from the sinking fishing boat.

A coastguard helicopter was sent to the scene and dropped a salvage pump to clear water from the boat but it was soon swamped and started to sink.

The helicopter airlifted two of the Iuda Naofa crew to another nearby vessel, the Star of Hope.

The other three crew members were airlifted to the Western Isles hospital, where they are being treated for mild hypothermia.

Coastguard duty watch manager Paul Tunstall said: "The weather conditions on scene were very rough, seas with southerly force six winds.

"Evacuating the five crew swiftly and safely before the vessel went down was a great achievement."

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