A FISHERMAN in his 40s has died after his boat capsized of the Waterford coast early this morning.
The man was fishing in a 4.6 metre boat off Brownstown Head near Tramore when the vessel overturned at 5.30am.
The alarm was raised after a colleague made it to shore, and after climbing over rocks and through sand dunes met a man out walking who raised the alarm.
Lifeboats from Tramore and Dunmore East and the Waterford search and rescue helicopter began an immediate search of the area before locating the victim’s body almost three hours later.
He was winched from the water and taken to Waterford airport before being taken to hospital. Paramedics performed CPR and other life-saving measures but to no avail.
“The boat was located at 8.15am, and the Tramore lifeboat tried to right it as it was upturned,” the Irish Coastguard said. “The rescue helicopter winched the casualty at 8.38am, and took him to Waterford airport where the ambulance met them.
“The paramedics were working on the casualty but unfortunately he didn’t survive. They were doing CPR at the airport. They managed to get the boat upright and got it up onto the beach.”
Efforts to revive the unnamed victim were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at Waterford Regional Hospital at 10am.
The man who made it to shore was taken to hospital suffering from shock and hypothermia.
The boat has been recovered, and investigations by gardaí and the Marine Casualty Investigation Board are under way.
Sea conditions were described as relatively calm, with Met Eireann saying winds reached just force three or four.
The Navy vessel LE Ciara was proceeding to the scene but the man was recovered by the time it arrived.