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Dramatic Rescue Of NI Trawler In Irish Sea Off Isle Of Man

22nd September 2016
The stricken trawler from Kilkeel safely moored in Peel Harbour after its overnight ordeal The stricken trawler from Kilkeel safely moored in Peel Harbour after its overnight ordeal Photo: RNLI/Mal Kelly

#RNLI - Two British naval war ships, three helicopters and a fishing vessel joined Peel RNLI in the dramatic rescue of a trawler between Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man in the early hours of Wednesday morning (21 September).

The 20m converted fishing vessel from Kilkeel in Co Down was on passage in the Irish Sea from Glasgow to Conwy in Wales when it started taking water through the stern tube and was in danger of sinking some 11 miles west of the Isle of Man.

Peel's all-weather lifeboat Ruby Clery, under the command of coxswain Paul Cain, launched shortly after the volunteer crew were alerted at 1.30am.

Northern Irish fishing vessel Stephanie M gave shelter to the casualty until the lifeboat crew were able to put a pump on board to evacuate the water.

The vessel, with three adults and one child on board, was soon stabilised and helicopters and other vessels stood down. The trawler was then taken in tow by the lifeboat bound for Peel.

During this time, a young woman and the child were taken ill, so the tow was dropped about 15 minutes from Peel and the two taken to a waiting ambulance where they were treated and then removed to Nobles Hospital.

Meanwhile, the lifeboat returned to the stricken vessel, which was now under its own power, and escorted it into Peel Harbour at about 5am.

"We advise people to always check their equipment before leaving port," said Cain after the callout.

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  • Comment Link Niall Doyle 22nd September 2016 posted by Niall Doyle

    As a duty coastguard involved in this rescue I would like to point out the misinformation in your report. The casualty vessel was not a fishing vessel, but an EX fishing boat now converted to a pleasure craft and was NOT from Kilkeel. The first rescue craft on scene which responded to the mayday relay broadcast was the Kilkeel fishing vessel Stephanie M.

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