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Fishermen rescued after boat sinks off Ardglass

Maurice Lake from the Fishermen's Mission pictured in Ardglass Harbour after fishermen were rescued in the early hours of yesterday. Picture by Arthur Allison, Pacemaker

FISHERMEN were rescued in the early hours of yesterday after their vessel collided with another boat and sank off the Co Down coast.

The collision happened just before 5.30am eight miles south of Ardglass. Nobody was injured.

The five crew of the Silver D trawler managed to climb into a life raft.

They were then brought onto another boat, the Good Intent, which had been in the area and heard the sinking boat's mayday call.

A lifeboat crew from Newcastle RNLI escorted the rescue boat to Ardglass harbour.

It was not known last night what caused the crash.

Newcastle RNLI coxswain Richard Herron said the collision could have ended in tragedy.

"Every second counts when a vessel is sinking and your only thought is getting to the scene as quickly as possible," he said.

"Thankfully another vessel nearby managed to get the five crew safely onboard from their deployed life raft and we were able to ascertain that there were no serious injuries.

"The crew had a lucky escape but they were prepared for it by wearing their life jackets and raising the alarm quickly."

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