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Friday 19 January 2018

Fishermen airlifted to hospital after trawler sinks off Co Down coast

Michael McHugh

TWO fishermen have been airlifted to hospital after their trawler sank nearly ten miles off the County Down coast, the RNLI has said.

The crew of the Ardglass-registered boat the Snowdonia were rescued by another fishing boat. They had been in the water for five to ten minutes.

A lifeboat from Kilkeel assisted. When it arrived crew boarded the rescue boat and gave oxygen to combat shock caused by the cold water.

A spokesman from the RNLI said the Dublin coastguard helicopter had taken the men to Daisy Hill hospital in Newry.

The water was choppy with an easterly wind.

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