Rescued fishermen ‘incredibly grateful’

Two lifelong friends who were washed overboard when their fishing vessel sank in the mid-Atlantic have today spoken of their ordeal.

Two lifelong friends who were washed overboard when their fishing vessel sank in the mid-Atlantic have today spoken of their ordeal.

Boat skipper Noel O’Sullivan, 45, and crew member David Murphy, 42, who grew up together in Castledownbere, Co Cork, almost lost their lives after their boat Discovery sank.

Mr O’Sullivan was washed overboard of the 23m fishing boat and spent two hours in the open sea, 200 miles west of the Isles of Scilly.

His friend Mr Murphy who, along with four Lithuanian crew made it to the ship’s liferaft, told how he and other crew feared their skipper would die.

Clearly shaken by his experience, the fisherman said: “The boat was dragged down by its nets.

“Five of us made it to the life rafts but the captain and another man were in the sea for two hours - we were most worried for Noel. We didn’t think he’d make it.

“Right now we’re all just incredibly grateful to the Navy.

“We’re now going to the Seamans Mission in Newlyn. I’ve a brother in Penzance and I will look him up - he won’t be expecting to see me!”

Steve Huxley, search and rescue communications manager at Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre said: “Today's rescue operation relied on good co-operation from our colleagues in Ireland, Spain and at Kinloss.

“We are delighted with the outcome of this search and rescue operation.”

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