North West Wales

Fishermen rescued after boat sinks off Gwynedd coast

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Media captionRNLI footage shows the moment the father and son were rescued

Two fishermen have been rescued after their boat sank off the Gwynedd coast after hitting rocks.

RNLI lifeboat crews from Aberdovey and Barmouth were launched after the Nikki Lou's crew reported the collision to the harbourmaster at Aberdovey.

By the time the lifeboats arrived the damaged boat had sunk and the men were in the water.

The local father and son were taken to the RNLI lifeboat station for a check-up and later allowed home.

Aberdovey harbourmaster Paul Edwards said the boat struck rocks on "The Reef", which stretches for three miles (5km) westward just to the north of Tywyn.

Mr Edwards said the fishermen rang him on a mobile phone saying they were in trouble and he then called the coastguards.

Image caption The Nikki Lou was a 9m (30ft)-long wooden fishing vessel

The Nikki Lou was a 9m (30ft)-long wooden fishing vessel which was normally anchored in the Dovey estuary. It was usually used to fish for prawns and lobsters.

Mr Edwards said the father and son were taken to the Aberdovey lifeboat station "cold and wet".

He said he had heard the boat has started to break up and he expected debris would begin to wash up in the area.

The sea conditions earlier were poor but the harbourmaster said they had now "calmed down a bit".

Milford Haven Coastguards said the two fishermen were later cleared to go home by an ambulance crew after they were checked over.

There was a very small amount of pollution from the boat's bunker, described as "minimal".

The coastguards also called in a rescue helicopter from RAF Valley but this was turned back when the pair were rescued.

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