Five rescued from fishing trawler off Dublin coast

Balbriggan Harbour is being monitored for any signs of pollution after the vessel sank

Five rescued from fishing trawler off Dublin coast

Image: RNLI

Balbriggan Harbour in Dublin is being monitored for pollution after a fishing vessel sank this morning.

Five crew from the fishing trawler Atlantic Osprey were rescued by lifeboat earlier today.

The coastguard was called to the scene just off Ballbriggin at 5.30am this morning.

It is believed the 12 metre vessel's propeller had become entangled in something in the water.

Skerries, Clogherhead and Howth lifeboats, along with the Rescue 116 helicopter, were all dispatched to the scene and the men taken off the boat.

All five are said to be unharmed following the incident.

Fingal County Council says it is believed the vessel was carrying approximately 400 litres of diesel and 30 litres of lube oil when it went down.

"Staff members from the Council’s Operations and Environmental Departments are ready to activate Fingal County Council’s Oil Pollution Response Plan if required," the council said in a statement.

"Council staff will respond to pollution reaching the beaches in the area while the Irish Coast Guard are working with the vessel’s owners and insurers to prepare to salvage the vessel."