Four fishermen rescued from French trawler

The Wicklow RNLI crew rescued four fishermen from a French fishing trawler early this morning. The volunteer lifeboat crew got the call from the Coastguard at 3.15am to go to the aid of a 26m, 120 tonne French fishing trawler, the Bara An Aod, which had suffered engine failure two-and-a-half miles east off Wicklow Head. There was a strong south-easterly force nine gale with torrential rain and a three to four metre breaking swell at the time. The lifeboat, Annie Blaker, located the trawler at 3.55am and subsequently towed the stricken vessel safely back to Wicklow Harbour by 5am.