Two rescued as trawler sinks

Tue, Oct 23, 2012, 01:00

Two fishermen have been airlifted to hospital after their trawler sank nearly 16 kilometres off the Co Down coast, the RNLI has said.

The crew of the Ardglass-registered boat the Snowdonia were rescued by another fishing boat. They had been in the water for five to ten minutes.

A lifeboat from Kilkeel assisted. When it arrived crew boarded the rescue boat and gave oxygen to combat shock caused by the cold water.

A spokesman from the RNLI said the Dublin coast guard helicopter had taken the men to Daisy Hill hospital in Newry.

The water was choppy with an easterly wind.

PA