Wednesday 7 December 2016

Coast Guard comes to rescue of fishing boat

Published 01/12/2011 | 05:00

A Coast Guard helicopter and lifeboat last night carried pumping equipment to an Irish fishing vessel which began taking in water.

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The trawler, the Paul Stephen, with four people on board, was about 18 miles south-east of Cork Harbour when the alert was raised.

Weather conditions were rough, with force-eight winds and five-metre-high waves.

The chopper from Waterford was scrambled and a lifeboat from Ballycotton was launched.

The 17-metre trawler, out of Greencastle, was escorted to Ballycotton on her own steam as the crew used buckets to bail out water and the life boat volunteers kept a close watch.

The vessel arrived in Ballycotton at about 11pm and a salvage pump was put on board.

Irish Independent

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