North West Wales

Moelfre Bay rescue: Three men are 'lucky to be alive'

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Media captionRNLI footage of the rescue in Moelfre Bay, Anglesey.

Three men are "lucky to be alive" after they were thrown from their fishing boat off Anglesey.

Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station raised the alarm at 13:20 BST on Friday after a crew saw the incident unfold in Moelfre Bay.

The three men struggled to swim to safety while their boat continued under its own power.

"We saw their boat circling close to them and imagined the worst," said Moelfre lifeboat helm Vince Jones.

"Fortunately, by the time we had launched, the strong winds had blown it clear of them," he added.

Two of the men were rescued by a local fishing boat, while the third man, aged 60, was found exhausted and clinging to a buoy without a lifejacket.

They were all taken on board the inshore lifeboat and brought back to the lifeboat station

Mr Jones said: "The three men thrown in the water are lucky to be alive and completely uninjured.

"The boat's engine had an emergency kill cord but it had somehow come detached from the person driving the boat when it capsized. Someone was watching over these guys today."