Monday 20 November 2017

Three fishermen rescued off the north Donegal coast

Three fishermen rescued off the Donegal coast
Three fishermen rescued off the Donegal coast

Greg Harkin

THREE fishermen were being treated in hospital last night after a dramatic rescue off the north Donegal coast.

The men were hauled aboard another fishing boat after their own vessel, the Saint Elizabeth, sank off Fanad Head.

The Sligo 118 Rescue helicopter later airlifted the fishermen to Letterkenny General Hospital from Leenan Pier on the Inishowen pier where the men are based.

“We dispatched two coast guard vessels and the rescue helicopter but it was a may-day call to other boats which ultimately saved these men,” said Malin Head Coast Guard officer Mike Mullins.

“All three fishermen were wearing life jackets but one of them was very distressed and slipping in and out of consciousness.

“Ambulance crews were on their way to the scene but we decided to take all three men to Letterkenny hospital by helicopter which was also on the scene.”

He said the alert was raised by the rescued fishermen who made an emergency call when their boat began taking on water.

“By the time the other fishing boat arrived on the scene, the St Elizabeth had sunk,” said Mr Mullins.

“Thankfully everyone is safe.”

In a very busy day for the Malin Head Station, they also also co-ordinated another rescue mission in Clew Bay off the Mayo Coast after a fishing boat caught fire.

The blaze was later extinguished and the boat towed back to shore. No-one was hurt.

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