Two fishermen rescued after boat fire off Co Waterford coast

Sunday 25 November 2012 22.35
The Dunmore East Lifeboat attempts to extinguish the fire on the 'Kingfisher' (Pic: Irish Coastguard)
The Dunmore East Lifeboat attempts to extinguish the fire on the 'Kingfisher' (Pic: Irish Coastguard)

Two fishermen have been rescued after their boat caught fire this morning off the Co Waterford coast.

The crew of the "Kingfisher" had been fishing for herring about four miles from Dunmore East when a fire started on board just after 7.30am.

Search and rescue teams were alerted. Both men managed to get into a life raft as the flames engulfed the fishing boat.

The Dunmore East Lifeboat was on scene shortly after, as was the Search and Rescue helicopter based at Waterford Regional Airport.

Another fishing vessel picked up the fishermen and they were not injured.

Attempts had been made by the lifeboat crew to extinguish the fire, but they proved unsuccessful.

It is understood the "Kingfisher" was fishing out of Dunmore East, but is not normally based in the south-east.

The boat sunk as it was being towed back to harbour by the lifeboat.

The crew are said to be very grateful for all who helped in this rescue mission.

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