Tuesday 25 October 2016

Two fishermen rescued from life raft off Cork coast early this morning

David Kearns

Published 09/06/2016 | 07:48

Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture
Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture

Two fishermen are said to be "doing well" after they were rescued off the Cork coast in the early hours of this morning.

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A distress call was received by the Valentia Coastguard at around 4:45am from a fishing boat near the Dursey Island, south of the Cork coast.

The crew said they were “taking to the life raft” after their vessel ran into difficulty.

The Castletownbere lifeboat was first on the scene and is currently returning to shore with the men on board.

Also deployed was the the Shannon rescue helicopter, said a member of the Valentia Coastguard.

The Irish naval patrol craft LÉ Orla also responded to the mayday call, as did a merchant vessel, the Wilson Weber.

Both ships were on standby to assist the Castletownbere lifeboat crew during the timely rescue.

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