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Two fishermen rescued after open-top vessel crashes on rocks

The Rescue 118 helicopter was dispatched to the scene, but the men were pulled to safety by a lifeboat after the incident near Malin Head.

Malin Head, Co Donegal
Malin Head, Co Donegal
Image: Grace5mith via Flickr/Creative Commons

TWO FISHERMEN ESCAPED unharmed this afternoon after their 22 foot vessel was forced onto rocks at Trawbreaga Bay, north Donegal.

The alarm was raised shortly before 2pm, with the men putting a call in to the Irish Coast Guard station at nearby Malin Head.

A mayday call was put out, and lifeboats from Greencastle and Lough Swilly attended the scene, along with a leisure craft which was in the area.

The Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo was also dispatched, and remained in the area as the rescue effort took place.

However, its services weren’t required to rescue the men. Both were pulled on board the Lough Swilly inshore lifeboat, a Coast Guard staff member at Malin told TheJournal.ie this evening.

The men were unharmed in the incident, and the boat was later towed ashore at nearby Port Ronan. The whole operation lasted “a good few hours” according to the Coast Guard.

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