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Monday 21 April 2014

Three rescued as fishing boat sinks

The Sligo-based helicopter took the men to Letterkenny General Hospital

Three fishermen have been rescued off north Donegal after their boat sank.

The men, all in their 30s and from Inishowen, were in a 25ft (7.6m) timber boat which began to take in water at lunchtime.

The Lough Swilly RNLI crew was alerted to the sinking boat at 1.30pm on Wednesday.

A local fisherman responded to the emergency and picked the men out of the water off Dunaff.

It is believed the trio had been in the water for up to an hour. They were wearing lifejackets.

Joe Joyce, spokesman for Lough Swilly lifeboat, said the fishing boat had gone down by the time his crew got to the scene.

"Even though it's the summer, water temperature is about 12C-13C (53.6F-55.4F). You wouldn't last much more than an hour," he said.

The three men were taken to Leenan Pier on northern end of Inishowen where they were given oxygen on the shore.

The Sligo-based helicopter took the men to Letterkenny General Hospital.

The men's conditions are not life-threatening.

Press Association

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