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Five rescued from sinking Irish trawler off Scottish coast

The trawler began taking on water, and soon listed and began sinking.

Source: officialCoastguard/YouTube

FIVE PEOPLE WERE rescued from an Irish trawler today after it began to sink off the Scottish coast.

The incident began this morning, when the crew on the Iúda Naofa, which is registered in Galway, contacted the Coast Guard about issues with their vessel.

Stornaway Coast Guard told TheJournal.ie that they called them saying they were 48 miles north of the Butt of Lewis and that water was coming in.

A helicopter was sent out to them, bringing a pump to help get rid of the water.

But before they had a chance to use the pump, the boat listed and started to sink.

A sister boat, the Star of Hope, was nearby. Two crew members from the Iúda Naofa got into a lifeboat and were rescued by the Star of Hope. The remaining three crew were rescued by the Coast Guard helicopter.

They were taken to hospital, where they were treated for mild hypothermia.

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