Saturday 16 December 2017

Two fight for lives after accident on trawler

Letterkenny General Hospital
Letterkenny General Hospital

Greg Harkin and David Kearns

A Galway man and a foreign national are fighting for their lives after an industrial accident on a trawler.

The men were working on board a fishing vessel in Killybegs, Co Donegal, when they were overcome with fumes.

They were rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital.

The scene around the Galway-registered vessel has been sealed off and the Health and Safety Authority has launched an investigation.

"I understand both men are critical and everyone is praying they are going to be okay," said Killybegs-based independent councillor Niamh Kennedy.

It's understood one of the men was overcome by fumes on board the vessel. The second man was also found unconscious when he went to help.

Meanwhile, seven people were rescued after their 40-foot yacht ran into difficulties while sailing on Lough Derg.

Two adults and five children were taken from the cruiser by a crew from Lough Derg RNLI in Co Donegal when the vessel's anchor fell off the bow and was reportedly 'dragging'.

A ship is said to be having a "dragging anchor" when it drifts without holding power in spite of being anchored.

Rescue crews were notified at around midday and a lifeboat was launched to bring the ship back to shore. A passing yacht offered assistance and remained on the scene until the lifeboat arrived.

All seven people on board were unharmed and wearing lifejackets.

"The lifeboat located the cruiser in open water near Parker's Point," said Liam Maloney, operations manager for Lough Derg RNLI.

"A lifeboat crew member boarded the yacht and remained on board and helmed the cruiser, with her passengers, back to Garrykennedy Harbour in Ireland's second largest lake", he added.

Irish Independent

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