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The fishermen from Esgenoopetitj First Nation had headed out on the Miramichi Bay at about 11 p.m. on Thursday, say RCMP. (Google Maps)

Three fishermen from Esgenoopetitj First Nation were rescued in northern New Brunswick on Friday morning, after spending several hours in the water.

Two of the men, who were near the boat, were taken to the hospital by ambulance, RCMP Cpl. Stephane Blanchard told CBC News.

He said the third man, who was swimming, managed to make it to shore.

There is no word yet on their condition.

Police are still investigating, trying to determine what happened, said Blanchard.

RCMP in Neguac received a call around 10 a.m. about three fishermen who had headed out on the Miramichi Bay about 11 p.m. on Thursday and not returned, said Blanchard.

At the same time, police got a call from across the bay about three fishermen being in distress.

"When we got the call about them being in distress we already had a couple boats from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans," he said.

"It was local Burnt Church residents with rescue boats as well and local fishermen. We had the RCMP boat that was being put in the water and search and rescue, the Canadian Coast Guard and the Air Force also had a Hercules in the air."