Thursday 14 November 2019

Three fisherman treated for hypothermia after Irish trawler sinks

Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency in Scotland
Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency in Scotland
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Five fisherman were rescued from a sinking Irish-registered vessel off the coast of Scotland this morning.

Shortly after 11am this morning, the 23m long Iuda Naofa reportedly began taking in seawater.

The vessel and crew were located 48 miles north of the Butt of Lewis when the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in Scotland carried out their rescue.

A pump was lowered to the boat but the amount of water proved too much.

Two crew members were airlifted to a nearby sister trawler, Star of Hope.

Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency in Scotland
Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency in Scotland

The three remaining fishermen were airlifted to Western Isles Hospital, where they were treated for mild hypothermia.

Coastguard Duty Watch Manager, Paul Tunstall said:

“The weather conditions on scene were very rough seas with southerly force 6 winds, evacuating the five crew swiftly and safely before the vessel went down was a great achievement."

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