Friday 9 December 2016

Child and three adults rescued from sinking boat in the Irish sea

Published 21/09/2016 | 08:26

The converted trawler had been travelling from Glasgow to Conwy in Wales
The converted trawler had been travelling from Glasgow to Conwy in Wales

A child and three adults have been rescued from a sinking pleasure boat in the Irish sea.

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Belfast Coastguard said it received a mayday call at 1.10am to say that a boat was in trouble 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.

The vessel 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 until rescue helicopters from the Navy and Prestwick Coastguard arrived.

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 harbour at around 5am.

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

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