NI fishing crew charged after rescue

The men were rescued early on Friday morning.

Three members of a fishing boat crew, who had to be rescued after their vessel started taking on water, have been arrested and charged on suspicion of being drunk, the coastguard has said.

Friday, 21 December 2012
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A mayday message was broadcast by the Portavogie based vessel the 'Argent', which was located near Campbeltown Loch, on Friday at 2.30am requesting immediate assistance.

The Campbeltown RNLI lifeboat, the local Coastguard Rescue Team and a Navy rescue helicopter from Prestwick all assisted.

Gary Young, Watch Manager at Belfast Coastguard, said that Campbeltown Lifeboat was quick to arrive on scene and safely transferred the crew from their stricken vessel, with no reported injuries.

Later, a spokeswoman for Belfast Coastguard said: "The crew were breathalysed, arrested and charged by police in Campbeltown."

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said that three men, aged 38, 46 and 53 were arrested in connection with alleged offences under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 on Friday 21 December in Campbeltown.