Friday 20 April 2018

Search for fisherman missing off the coast of Wexford called off for the night

A rescue helicopter from Waterford is involved in the search
A rescue helicopter from Waterford is involved in the search
RNLI and Coast Guard crews are searching for the missing man, off the coast of Kilmore Quay.

The search for a lobster fisherman who went missing off the south coast of Wexford this afternoon has been called off for the night and will resume at first light.

A spokesperson for the Irish Coast Guard said the man was reported missing around 12.40pm.

The local man fell overboard from his boat, Lenora Jacinta, south of the Great Saltee island near Kilmore Quay in Wexford.

The man believed to be in his 40s has a young family, and he's described as "a very experienced fisherman".

The alarm was raised by a local fisherman when he came across an unmanned boat which was also caught up in lobster pots.

Rosslare, Fethard, and Kilmore Quay RNLI lifeboats, a rescue helicopter from Waterford and over 20 local fishing vessels are at the scene assisting with the search.

Today's search has been halted due to poor light and will resume first thing in the morning

One local told independent.ie that there is a huge effort within the community to search for the missing man.

"Anyone that I know of is out there searching at the moment; all the boats are out. It's a very difficult time."

Another local said: "The day you lose hope, you lose everything, so we're certainly hopeful."

A spokesperson for RNLA said conditions are "excellent" for the rescue operation.

By Geraldine Gittens

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