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Dramatic video shows fishermen saved moments before their boat sank

The Irish vessel went down off the Isle of Lewis.
Jan 23rd 2015, 9:40 PM 21,471 26

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FOOTAGE HAS BEEN released of the crew of an Irish trawler being rescued from freezing cold water off Scotland on Tuesday.

The video released by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency shows the crew of the trawler Iuda Naofa clinging to the side of the boat after it took on water and turned over.

The boat had encountered bad weather off the Isle of Lewis near Scotland and was forced to call for help.

Two crew members were able to reach another nearby vessel in a rescue raft, while the other three men were airlifted to hospital, where they were treated for hypothermia.

The video shows the last crew member being rescued just before the boat is completely submerged.

The coastguard rescue helicopter video shows the crew being winched from the water.

Coastguard duty watch manager Paul Tunstall told Sky News that the rescue crew had carried out a swift and safe evacuation.

“The weather conditions on scene were very rough seas, with force six winds.

“Evacuating the five crew swiftly and safely before the vessel went down was a great achievement.”

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