BREAKING NEWS: Four fishermen have been rescued off the coast of Donegal after their fishing boat sank.
The men were fishing off Malin Head when their boat capsized.
The men had a miraculous escape when another fishing boat in the area managed to pluck them from the water.
The vessel only spotted the hull of the 33ft upturned crabbing vessel.
The accident happened just after 9.20am.
It is understood the men did not even have time to send a mayday call but their EPIRB device sent out an automatic mayday signal when it capsized.
Three of the men were thrown from the deck of the boat while the skipper had to climb through a window to escape the sinking boat.
The Malin Head marine radio station were then alerted and raised the alert to the rescue services in between.
The men, who are all from the Inishowen Peninsula, range in age from 16 to mid 40s.
The Rescue 118 helicopter was scrambled from Sligo while the Buncrana Shannon-class lifeboat and the Greencastle Coastguard were also launched.
None of the men are understood to have suffered any injuries.
An ambulance was waiting at the pier when the men were recessed and brought back to land.
An investigation has now been launched as to how the boat capsized.
A spokesman for Malin Head Coastguard said “The men were very lucky and thankfully this other boat was steaming out to sea and just happened to come across them.
“All four men were clinging to the hull of the boat and we shouting and waving.”Tags: