first_imgSix people were rescued when their speedboat sank off the coast of Sheephaven Bay this afternoon.The group, which included two children, made a 999 call just seconds before their 18 ft vessel sank  – about half a mile off-shore around 4.30pm.The group were all rescued in the water when the Malin Head Coastguard Rescue put out a mayday call to all vessels in the area to respond. A call was also made to the Search and Rescue helicopter based in Sligo but it was in Knock and would have needed to refuel.Two boats, the ‘Blue Haven’, a rib and ‘Our Jenna’, a fishing vessel responded to the call and were within the scene in minutes.The Blue Haven was manned by a lifeguard crew member from Newcastle in Co Down who pulled the six from the water.All six people had been wearing life jackets. One of the children, a four year old girl, was taken to hospital as a precaution but her conditions is said to be comfortable.None of the other five people who were rescued had to receive any treatment.A spokesman for Malin Head Coastguard Rescue said all six people on board the boat, between Portnablagh and Marble Hill, had a very lucky escape.“They contacted us with a 99 call to say they were taking in water but then the phone was cut off.“We feared the worst and put out a mayday to all craft in the area. Luckily two vessels were close by. “One of those vessels contained a member of the coastguard form Newcastle in Co Down so he knew what he was doing.“When he got there they were already in the water and the boat, a 18ft Fletcher speedboat, was submerged.“He managed to get all six people on board and they are safe,” he said.The coastguard spokesman praised the quick response of the vessels and also pointed to the fact that all six people onboard were wearing lifejackets. “Who knows what could have happened if they had not been wearing lifejackets. There’s no question there is a lesson for all of us there,” he said.EndsSIX PEOPLE RESCUED AS SPEEDBOAT SINKS OFF SHEEPHAVEN BAY was last modified: July 12th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Delhi pollution remains severe, says Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews

first_imgDelhi’s notorious smog did not halt play as it did on Sunday but Sri Lanka batsman Angelo Mathews said the air remained as bad as his team battled for survival against India in the final Test on Monday.The second day’s play was stopped twice on Sunday as Sri Lanka fast bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage walked off the field after the seasonal haze blanketed the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in the Indian capital.Several players wore facemasks and coach Nic Pothas said two of them vomited in the dressing-room.Nothing of that sort, however, was reported on Monday as centuries by Mathews and skipper Dinesh Chandimal helped Sri Lanka to 356 for nine, their highest score in the series, when bad light stopped play.”It was pretty much the same as yesterday, I’d say. Or even a bit worse, I’m not really sure,” Mathews told reporters.”… but look, we got to deal with what we have for the next two days,” said the former captain, who ended his two-year century drought with a chancy 111.Delhi’s government last month ordered schools to shut temporarily after pollution readings in some places peaked at 500, the most severe level on the government’s air quality index that measures poisonous particles.Asked if the International Cricket Council should come out with clear guidelines for such cases, Mathews said: “It’s up to the match referee to talk to the ICC. This was one of those unique occasions, we never had this kind of issues.”There is match referee, there are two umpires and I’m sure they’d sit and talk to ICC.”advertisementMathews dismissed suggestions that the episode has created bad blood between the sides.”Not at all. As I said, it was one of those unique occasions, where no one knew what to do. It didn’t hamper the relation of the players at all,” he said.”We play hard on the field, and off the field we are great friends.”India bowling coach Bharat Arun said on Sunday that the match was “unnecessarily” halted, pointing to Virat Kohli’s seven-and-half-hour innings of 243 during which the India captain did not feel uncomfortable.Despite his 181-run fourth-wicket stand with skipper Dinesh Chandimal saving Sri Lanka from the follow-on, Mathews wasn’t happy after the tourists lost quick wickets to end the day.Mathews stroked a marathon 268-ball 111, comprising 14 boundaries and two sixes to rescue the visitors after they lost three quick wickets on Sunday afternoon.The visitors, however failed to wrest back the advantage once Ravichandran Ashwin broke the big fourth wicket stand with the scalp of Mathews,and subsequently lost five quick wickets towards the end of the day.”Little bit disappointed the way we ended up. We could have had a few more wickets in hand, specially going in to Tuesday,” Mathews told reporters at the end of the day’s play on Monday.”It was a good wicket, yes there was the odd ball taking turn but no real danger. Obviously it will start turning a little more as we go into the fourth and fifth days.”They (India) kept at it and we had to work extremely hard to get the runs. We made the bowlers work very hard,” he added.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more