Three fishermen rescued from sea

Three fishermen rescued from sea
Three fishermen have been rescued after their boat sank off Dunaff Head in Inishowen on Wednesday afternoon.

Three fishermen have been rescued after their boat sank off Dunaff Head in Inishowen on Wednesday afternoon.

The three men were airlifted to Letterkenny General Hospital after they were brought to shore by another vessel following a mayday call they issued at 1.30 pm.

The emergency call was made after the vessel, the St. Elizabeth, began taking on water. A rescue operation was co-ordinated by Malin Head Coast Guard involving two RNLI Lough Swilly lifeboats, the Mulroy coastguard vessel and the Sligo-based search and rescue helicopter.

The men were rescued by the fishing boat, Niamh Crone, after being in the water for at least 20 minutes.

The three fishermen were all wearing life jackets. They were treated at Leenan pier in Inishowen before being air-lifted to hospital.

One was suffering from hypothermia but all three were said to be fine.