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FOUR fisherman had to be rescued when their boat ran aground yesterday.

Their ordeal began when their vessel struck rocks off Hook Head in Co Wexford.

The trawler Coral Strand had been fishing for sprats off Dunmore East when the 15-metre vessel began taking on water at 8am.

The crew were forced to issue a Mayday alert before they abandoned the vessel at Garrylough near Duncannon.

When members of the RNLI arrived on the scene, they found the fishermen had left their life raft and had been picked up by another boat.

Dunmore East RNLI Lifeboat operations manager Ciaran O'Mullain praised the crew onboard the troubled vessel for having the appropriate safety equipment in place and working.

He said: "The fishermen acted with safety in mind when they got into difficulty launching their life raft to evacuate the vessel.

"This operation involved a multi-agency response and we are glad that all four on board the stricken vessel have been returned safely ashore this morning."

Several attempts to refloat the Coral Strand failed after crew members from the RNLI boarded the stricken vessel.

The Irish Coastguard said that Coral Strand will not be salvaged and they expect the vessel to break up.


STRICKEN 3 Coral Strand ran aground off Hook Head, Co Wexford, yesterday
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2013
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