Fishing Vessel Sinks Off Isle Of Man

HM Coastguard coordinated the rescue of two fishermen from the water after their fishing vessel sank off the Isle Of Man.

At 6pm, Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre was alerted to the incident. The fishing vessel's EPIRB activated after they had abandoned their boat and the Isle Of Man registered 10 metre fishing vessel sank shortly afterwards.

HM Coastguard requested the launch of RNLI lifeboats from Port St Mary and Port Erin and the Coastguard rescue helicopter from Caernarfon.  The crew were found and very fortunately for them they were both wearing their life jackets and they were recovered safely by another fishing vessel and escorted ashore by the Port Erin RNLI lifeboat.

Notes For Editors:

Beacons 

A 406 megahertz (MHz) beacon can send a distress signal via satellites to alert search and rescue authorities to your location: Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) for ships and boats and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) for personal use.

You must register your 406 MHz beacon with the coastguard at gov.uk/406beacon and keep your registration up to date.
If your beacon is activated and a distress signal received, the search and rescue authorities will contact you using the information on the register.

You must provide an emergency contact who will be called if you’re unreachable.
Notify the coastguard of changes to your beacon or your vessel - this will help to locate you in an emergency.

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