Four crew rescued after their 12-metre fishing boat runs aground in stormy weather off the Donegal Coast. Video: R118 Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter

Rescue services were called to save the lives of four crewmen onboard an Irish-registered 12-metre fishing vessel which ran aground off the Donegal coast in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 31 January 2024.

The crabber got into difficulties at around 6.00am and ran aground off Inish Meáin Island which lies west of Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore). The weather in the vicinity was rough with high winds and heavy running seas.

The Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter R118, Arranmore Lifeboat and the Bunbeg Coast Guard Unit were immediately tasked to the site of the incident.

R118 successfully evacuated the crew from the vessel and landed them ashore at nearby Donegal International Airport.

In a statement on the incident and the rescue, the Irish Coast Guard stated that from its understanding, all the casualties are doing well and no medical attention was required.

Donegal County Council’s Fisheries Committee was told this morning that the loss of a fishing vessel off the Donegal coast will have devastating economic consequences.

Chairperson of the Fisheries Committee, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy told local radio station, Highland Radio, that people don’t realise the realities faced by fishermen at sea.

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