Northern Ireland

Five men rescued from sinking fishing boat in Irish Sea

Peel lifeboat
Image caption Lifeboats from Donaghadee and Peel helped with the rescue

Five fishermen have been rescued after their boat began to sink in the Irish Sea.

Lifeboats from Donaghadee in County Down and Peel in the Isle of Man were launched at 18:00 BST on Tuesday after receiving a Mayday call.

The RNLI said the engine room of the vessel was filling with water when it was located 13 miles (21km) south east of Donaghadee.

A spokesman said none of those on board were injured.

He added the Donaghadee Lifeboat arrived first and escorted the boat back to Portavogie harbour.

Mr Kelly said the boat's pumps had failed with water deepening in the engine room.

Donaghadee RNLI coxswain John Ashwood said: "The quick thinking of the experienced skipper of the vessel to request assistance early is commendable.

"It was a good outcome that they were able to return to harbour safe and well."

In a separate incident afterwards, the Peel crew helped a yacht which had got into difficulty and towed it back to Peel harbour.

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