Four rescued after fishing boat catches fire in Firth of Clyde
The crew of the Amy Harris were winched aboard a Navy helicopter following a mayday call.
The four-man crew of a fishing vessel have been airlifted to safety after their boat caught fire off the coast of Arran.
The Amy Harris issued a mayday call after smoke started billowing from the engine room just after 3pm on Wednesday.
The vessel was 1.5 miles south-west of the Isle of Arran, in the Firth of Clyde, when the fire broke out.
Belfast Coastguard, which has taken over responsibility for the area from the defunct Clyde station, co-ordinated the rescue with the help of a Royal Navy helicopter, RNLI lifeboat and rescue teams from Arran and Campbeltown.
The crew were winched from the burning boat to the helicopter, which flew them to Campbeltown airport.
The vessel is drifting in waters south of Arran and is being monitored by RNLI Campbeltown, as well as the Arran coast rescue team from the shore.
Ian Graham, watch officer with Belfast Coastguard, said: "The fishermen carried out the correct procedure in making a distress call to the coastguard so we could call out the appropriate rescue services to go their aid.
"They remained on the vessel until the helicopter arrived to assist within 20 minutes, but they made ready their life raft as a precaution.
"We are pleased that we were able to assist these fishermen in their distress situation, and that they are safe and well."
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