GARDAI are keeping an open mind about the death of a man on a fishing vessel in Cork.
The man, who is understood to be in his 30s and from Eastern Europe, was discovered on a vessel off Bantry in west Cork.
Paramedics and Gardai were called to the vessel off Bantry Pier shortly after 10.30pm on Friday evening.
It is understood the man was a crew member on the Irish-owned vessel.
Despite desperate efforts to stabilise the man's condition, he was pronounced dead at the scene before he could be transferred to Bantry General Hospital (BGH).
Gardai immediately commenced a detailed technical and forensic examination to determine the precise circumstances in which the man died.
It is understood there were no major trauma injuries to the man and no sign of a struggle or disturbance at the scene.
The Office of the State Pathologist has been notified.
A full post mortem examination will be conducted by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster to precise cause of the man's death.
It remains unclear whether that examination will take place in Bantry or at Cork University Hospital (CUH).
Detailed toxicology tests will also be carried out.
Gardai stressed that the nature of their investigation will be determined by the findings of the post mortem examination.
Detectives are now conducting inquiries to determine the last known movements of the deceased or how he could have sustained his injuries.
The man is understood to have been working in the west Cork area for several years.
It is understood he was alone on the fishing vessel at the time.