All 12 crew members of a fishing vessel that sank on Friday afternoon off the northern coast of Spain have been rescued alive, the Spanish Coastguard confirmed to The Spain Report on Friday evening.

The Coastguard confirmed the boat, the Gure Uxua, had gone down 50 miles off the coast of Asturias. The first distress calls were received via coastal radio at 3:20 p.m. and a radio distress signal was sent six minutes later at 3:26 p.m..

The coastguard does not know if the vessel was carrying any fish at the time, or if it was leaving or returning from a trip.

Five of the crew members were rescued by the Pesca II helicopter and are being taken to hospital in Celeiro (Galicia) and the other seven by a Coastguard helicopter to hospitals in Gijón (Asturias).

Several of the men are suffering from "severe hypothermia" but all 12 are alive.

Three helicopters and three lifeboats were launched after the distress signals were received but the rescue boats were not needed in the end.

VesselFinder showed the last reported position of the Gure Uxua to be approximately 100km north-west of the town of Gijón (Asturias).

Regional newspaper El Comercio reported the fishing boat was based in the Galician village of Cariño, one of Spain's most northerly locations, and that it had suffered engine trouble last December.