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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Sea hunt for missing fisherman

Irish Coast Guard are searching for a Spanish fisherman who fell from his trawler
Irish Coast Guard are searching for a Spanish fisherman who fell from his trawler

A major sea search is under way for a Spanish fisherman who fell overboard from his trawler off the south-west of Ireland.

The alarm was raised shortly after 4am on Tuesday when crew members on board the Spanish-registered Ecco Homo realised he had disappeared.

The Coast Guard said a large search area some 28 nautical miles (52km/32m) off Mizen Head, west Cork, is being searched.

It is believed the man was not wearing a life jacket when he fell from the vessel.

The operation involves Castletownbere and Baltimore RNLI lifeboats, the naval vessels the LE Aisling and the LE Emer, and the Shannon-based Rescue 115 helicopter. Other fishing vessels in the area are also taking part.

Press Association

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