Searches launched for missing fishermen

The coastguard were last night searching for three missing fishermen in separate incidents off Cork and Clare.

At around 9.30 last night, the Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre of the Coastguard in Valentia received a report of a vessel upturned off Cod’s Head in Cork.

A father and his teenage son are believed to have been on board the vessel at the time and are understood to have clung to the vessel for a period of time before the son successfully swam to shore to raise the alarm.

Weather conditions at the time were reported to have been good.

However, last night the search was still ongoing for the father.

Present at the scene were the Castletownbere lifeboat and shore unit as well as the Derrynane lifeboat. The coastguard helicopter from Shannon was also taking part in the search.

Meanwhile, a major search was also under way for two fishermen whose fishing boat was reported overdue.

The 26ft Lady Eileen was last seen south of Hags Head in Co Clare at about 1pm yesterday and was expected to return to Quilty at 5pm.

When there was no sign of the fishing vessel last night, the alarm was raised.

The Irish Coast Guard rescue co-ordination centre at Valentia Island in Kerry mounted a search operation shortly after 9pm.

The Shannon based rescue helicopter was sent to sweep the area from Quilty north of Hags Head where the boat was last seen. The helicopter further extended its search south of Quilty towards Doonbeg and Kilkee.

The Doolin Coast Guard unit mobilised their rescue boat to search waters south from their base to Quilty while the Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat was also sent to assist in the search.

Land teams were also dispatched to check coastal areas in case the vessel ran aground.

A diesel spill and some debris were located off the coast near Spanish Point at around 8.30pm and search boats were sent to concentrate their efforts in that area.


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