Two fishermen saved after five hours in Atlantic

13th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

BREST, Aug 13, 2007 (AFP) - Two fishermen suffering from hypothermia were rescued off the coast of western Brittany Sunday morning, five hours after their boat capsized, rescue workers said.

BREST, Aug 13, 2007 (AFP) - Two fishermen suffering from hypothermia were rescued off the coast of western Brittany Sunday morning, five hours after their boat capsized, rescue workers said.

The pair were found around 8:00 am (0600 GMT) after spending the night in 17 degree Celsius (63 Fahrenheit) water. A human being can withstand immersion in that temperature for eight hours.

According to the local rescue service, their 10.6 metre (35 foot) trawler capsized around 2:30-3:00 am, too quickly for the fishermen to sound the alarm before they fell overboard.

The men, described as "experienced", were rescued by a French sailor who followed a suspect trail of oil in the water.

He hoisted them on board and sounded the alarm. A nearby fishing boat brought them back towards the coast, where they taken to hospital.

At the end of the day, the men were "still in shock, but in a satisfactory state", naval authority spokesman Sylvain Le Berre said.

An investigation has been launched into the sinking, which took place three kilometres (1.9 miles) off the westernmost coast of France near Brest.

Le Berre said that meteorological conditions at the time were good, but that area is always turbulent, even in good weather.

AFP

Subject: French news

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