04/03/2008

Coast Guard Helicopter Deployed In Lough Swilly Rescue

A rescue mission was mounted just after 3.30am this morning in Lough Swilly at Salanda point after a fishing vessel with seven crew on board went onto rocks.

The vessel named the Horizon hit a rock ledge in force 4 gales.

An Irish Coast Guard Helicopter from Sligo, two Lough Swilly lifeboats, and Mulroy Coast Guard Cliff and Rescue team, were involved in the rescue.

As Life boats could not reach the vessel the Irish Coast Guard helicopter was deployed to hovered over the vessel and winch the men up at the clip face.

All seven men were taken to Eglington Airport in Derry and are being transferred to Altnagelvin Hospital this morning. The men are suffering from hypothermia and shock, but no serious injuries.

(GK/JM)

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