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    Default Fishermen rescued after boat sinks off County Down coast

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-33700313

    Six fishermen have been rescued after their boat collided with another vessel and sank off the coast of County Down.

    The coastguard received a mayday call just before 05:30 BST on Wednesday. The collision happened 11 miles south of Ardglass.

    All crew of the trawler, the Silver D, were taken on board the other boat and brought to Ardglass, accompanied by Newcastle lifeboat. No-one was injured.

    It is not yet known what caused the collision.

    Newcastle RNLI coxswain Richard Herron said that after the alarm was raised, they learned on their way out to the emergency that one of the boats had sunk.

    "Luckily all the crew were on board the other vessel, but it was taking on water," he said.

    "By the time we got there, they had the leak under control and didn't require any assistance with the salvage pumps.

    "Everyone on board was OK medically, so we escorted them back to Ardglass."

    Marine Coastguard Agency staff have gone to Ardglass to assess damage to the other trawler, the Good Intent.

    The skippers on both boats are from Northern Ireland, while the crew members are all migrant workers.




    Both crews safe thankfully , a boat can be replaced a life cannot afterall, Davie

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    Ardglass trawler skipper fined over collision

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-40849145

    An Ardglass trawler skipper has been fined more than 2,000 after his boat collided with another vessel off the County Down coast in July 2015.

    Paul Thomas Wills of Russell Place, Ardglass, admitted not keeping a proper lookout on his fishing boat the Silver Dee when it collided with another trawler, the Good Intent.

    The Silver Dee sank in less than 10 minutes as a result of the collision.

    Its crew transferred onto the Good Intent.

    That vessel was damaged, but was able to return to Ardglass under its own power.

    A district judge said that Wills' culpability was fairly significant as he had not kept a proper lookout for 10 minutes while sailing at full speed.

    The judge said 10 people had been at risk on both vessels, although no lives were lost.

    He gave Wills credit for admitting his guilt and fined him a total of 2,250 on the three charges.

    The prosecution was brought by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

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