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Two fishermen rescued after their boat sinks off the Cork coast

The rescue happened about 10 miles of Dursey Island.

Updated at 12.50pm / YouTube

TWO LOCAL FISHERMEN were rescued off the Cork coast before their boat sank early this morning.

The two men sent a distress signal at about 4.45am that was received by Valentia Coast Guard which coordinated the subsequent rescue operation.

The Coast Guard then contacted the Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat crew which had a boat in the water within 15 minutes.

The LE Órla and the Shannon-based Rescue 115 helicopter were also tasked to the scene of the rescue which was about 10 miles southwest of Dursey Island.

The lifeboat crew reached the two men at about 5.50am as they were in a life raft near the half-sunken fishing vessel.

The two men were then taken on board the lifeboat and are described as being safe and well. The two men are now both back on shore and the vessel has since sunk.

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