Manx lifeboats rescue sinking fishing vessel

A sinking Manx fishing boat had to be towed back to harbour following a collision with a coaster in the Irish Sea.

Two lifeboats were sent to the fishing vessel after the incident five-and-a-half miles (8.85km) south of the Isle of Man.

The alarm was raised at 0600 BST by the 17m (56ft 8in) Lynn Marie.

Its crew reported taking in water after the collision with the 155m (258 ft 4in) coaster MV Philip.

'Pumped out'

Although there was minimal damage to the coaster, the fishing vessel suffered extensive damage to her port side bow and began taking on water, said Liverpool Coastguard.

The coastguard requested the launch of the Port St Mary RNLI Lifeboat, and other vessels in the area including the HM Customs cutter 'Sentinel'.

Crews used pumps to help clear the water.

Due to the damage, the Port St Mary Lifeboat then towed the fishing vessel into the harbour at Port St Mary.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.

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