Northern Ireland

Four fishermen rescued near Ardglass harbour

Four fishermen have been rescued after their 58-foot fishing boat, the 'Karen', hit rocks near Ardglass Harbour and began taking on water.

The Belfast Coastguard received a mayday call from the crew at about 1800 GMT on Monday and immediately sent rescue teams to the scene.

The crew were rescued by the RNLI Portaferry lifeboat and taken to Ardglass Harbour where they received medical attention.

One man was later taken to hospital.

Steve Carson, watch manager at the Belfast maritime rescue coordination centre, said the crew of the fishing vessel had prepared their life-raft, as soon as they realised the vessel was in danger of sinking.

Safety equipment

"Due to the prompt and appropriate action of the crew I am pleased to say they are all safe, but shaken by their traumatic experience," he said.

"It is imperative to always ensure you are carrying the correct safety equipment and have it serviced regularly."

The rescue was coordinated by the Belfast Coastguard with assistance from their colleagues at Dublin, Liverpool and Holyhead coastguard stations.

The Irish Coastguard rescue helicopter was alerted during the incident, but was later stood down.

The fishing vessel has since been refloated.

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