Teignmouth relief lifeboat was called out to a capsized fishing trawler approaching the River Teign yesterday
Volunteer lifeboat crew launched Mary Lewis, the Teignmouth relief lifeboat at 13:40 yesterday.
The fishermen who were found taking refuge on the side of the wheelhouse were rescued from the trawler.
Paramedics were waiting when the lifeboat returned to the station for the men who were released after being pronounced OK.
Tony Watson, Teignmouth lifeboat press officer, said: “Our volunteer crew got to the trawler quickly and saved five men’s lives in tricky conditions, but this just shows that accidents can happen to even experienced mariners.”
It is currently unknown why the vessel capsized.