May 25, 2006

Irish trawler sinks off Britain, 3 feared dead

LONDON (Reuters) - Bad weather forced British coastguards
to call off a rescue operation on Thursday after an Irish
fishing vessel sank off the southwest coast, killing one crew
member and leaving two missing feared dead.

Two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft, assisted by four
merchant ships, rescued seven crew members from the Irish-owned
trawler, the Dinish, coastguard watch assistant Alex Greig told

Rescuers recovered one body and two other crew members were
missing, Greig said.

The trawler, crewed by Spanish and African nationals, sank
shortly after nightfall on Wednesday about 320 km (200 miles)
southwest of the Scilly Isles at the southwest tip of Britain.