The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax says three fishermen were rescued off the coast of Flint Island, N.S. late Wednesday afternoon.

The crew aboard the vessel issued a mayday around 4:45 p.m. when the boat started taking on water. The three soon abandoned their vessel for a life raft.

Maj. Martell Thompson with JRCC says the crew called for a Hercules aircraft and Cormorant helicopter from Greenwood, N.S. The vessel MV Highlanders also responded.

He says it took about two hours to find the men and make the rescue.

"The conditions were right for a positive outcome," he said.

It was a Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary ship that picked the men up and brought them to Glace Bay.

Their condition is not known, but Maj. Thompson says they were very lucky.

"The good news story is that we have three individuals who will be heading home to their families."