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Wednesday 26 July 2017

Massive search off north Dublin coast for missing fisherman to resume at first light

One crew member rescued after trawler sank in front of horrified onlookers

The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The Scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien

Allison Bray & Alan O'Keeffe

A massive search off the coast of north county Dublin for a missing fisherman has been stood down for the night.

Members of the Coast Guard, Defence Forces, gardai and local fishermen and pleasure boats have been involved in the search efforts after a fishing trawler sank off the coast of Skerries in front of horrified onlookers.

One crew member from what is believed to be a small razor fishing boat from Skerries was rescued on Friday.

It is understood a doctor and an advanced paramedic were on the scene when the rescued fisherman was taken from the water.

The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
A search operation is underway in Skerries after a trawler sank 100m off the coast

He was treated on the shore before being taken away in an ambulance. His condition has not been made public.

However, another younger person is still missing after the vessel sank about 300 feet from shore in an area known locally as the Perch rock around 2pm.

"Skerries Lifeboat recovered one of the casualties," RNLI lifeboat service manager Owen Medland told RTE News.

"The vessel had sunk and, since then, there's been a huge effort and multi-agency search for the missing individual."

The rescued fisherman was taken to hospital and was reported to be "doing well."

Horrified onlookers who were enjoying the fine weather in the popular seaside town watched as the boat sank just metres from the RNLI lifeboat station beside the harbour.

The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien
The scene in Skerries Credit: Kyran O'Brien

However, they were able to raise the alarm immediately, which aided in the rescue efforts, an RNLI spokeswoman said.

“The alarm was raised so early thanks to the fine weather,” she said.

“It’s a big operation,” a spokesman for the Defence Forces press office told independent.ie.

The Irish naval ships the Le Orla and Le Niamh has been leading the search and rescue operation.

The Air Corps Cassa 253 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft is patrolling the coastline along with the Dublin Coast Guard rescue helicopter.

A research vessel from the Geological Institute of Ireland which was conducting a sonar search for an unrelated wreck is also assisting in the search.

The gardai sub-aqua unit has also been dispatched to search the water for the missing crewman.

Volunteers from the RNLI from Skerries, Clogherhead and Howth are also assisting in the search.

The search efforts are expected to resume at 6am Saturday morning.

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