Five fishermen rescued off Cork

An RNLI lifeboat rescued five fishermen off the coast of West Cork overnight. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

An RNLI lifeboat rescued five fishermen off the coast of West Cork overnight. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

 

Five fishermen have been rescued this morning off the West Cork coast after their fishing vessel became stranded in strong Force 8 winds.

The Castletownbere trawler Anders Nees lost power when its propeller became fouled 6km south of Ardkinna Lighthouse on Bere Island at around 3.30am.

The RNLI Castletownbere Lifeboat Annette Hutton was launched and quickly located the stricken 24 metre trawler with her crew of five on board.

A tow line was attached and the lifeboat towed the Anders Nees, which only joined the local fleet last year, safely back to Castletownbere port.