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Two men rescued from sinking fishing boat that was 'almost underwater'

The Skerries RNLI set out from the Laytown coast shortly after 5.30am this morning.

Skerries RNLI Launching their Atlantic 85 lifeboat.
Skerries RNLI Launching their Atlantic 85 lifeboat.
Image: Skerries RNLI

TWO FISHERMEN HAVE been rescued by the Skerries RNLI team this morning as their boat sank off the Dublin coast.

Shortly before 5.30am this morning, the skipper of the razor fishing boat made an emergency call to the Dublin Coast Guard. He said that their boat was taking on water off Laytown and was beginning to list, or tilt, dangerously.

Although there was a number of razor fishing vessels in the area at the time, the RNLI Skerries lifeboat soon located the casualty off the mouth of the river Nanny.

The vessel was grounded and was being overcome by the rising tide when the RNLI volunteers arrived on scene.

Clogherhead RNLI arrived on scene shortly afterwards, and stood by while the inshore lifeboat was alongside the stricken boat. The two fishermen were taken on board the lifeboat, where they were assessed before being brought safely back to Skerries.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Helm for Skerries RNLI, Emma Wilson said:

“When we got on scene, it was quite difficult to spot the fishing vessel as it was almost underwater and there was only one remaining light in the wheelhouse.

The crew did the right thing in calling for help, wearing their lifejackets and staying with the boat for as long as possible.

Read: Two people cut off by rising tide in Sandymount rescued by RNLI

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