Tuesday 23 January 2018

Three men hospitalised with hypothermia after fishing boat sank in Irish Sea

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

Ryan Nugent

Three men have been taken to hospital with hypothermia after their boat capsized in the middle of the Irish Sea this morning.

The men on an Arklow fishing trawler were rescued by the Dublin Coast Guard shortly after 11am.

The casualties were picked up by helicopter in between Carlingford and the Isle of Man.

They were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, where they are currently receiving treatment.

A source told Independent.ie that the men were suffering from a serious case of hypothermia at the time of rescue.

The coast guards were alerted to the incident after the boat's emergency beacon touched the water.

The beacon, known as an EPIRB, is an emergency tracking transmitter,  which aids in the location of ships and aircraft in distress.

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