Boat’s crewmen arrested as drink suspects
The crew of four were in waters off Campbeltown Loch, near the Kintyre Peninsula in the west of Scotland, when they issued a mayday call for immediate assistance at 2.30am yesterday.
The Campbeltown RNLI lifeboat was launched and the Campbeltown Coastguard Rescue Team were sent to the scene.
A Royal Navy rescue helicopter from Prestwick was also scrambled.
Belfast Coastguard watch manager Gary Young said: “Campbeltown lifeboat was quick to arrive on scene and safely transferred all four fishermen from their stricken vessel, with no reported injuries.”
Later, a Belfast Coastguard spokeswoman added: “The crew were breathalysed, arrested and charged by police in Campbeltown.”
A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: “Three men were arrested aged 38, 46 and 53 in connection with alleged offences under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003.”