Monday 23 October 2017

Search operation to resume for elderly fisherman feared missing off Irish coast

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A search operation is due to resume off the Irish coast for a fishermen reported overdue in port and feared to be missing.

The search operation was launched off the west Cork coast shortly before 8pm on Monday evening.

It involves the Baltimore and Schull RNLI lifeboats, the Irish Coastguard's Sikorsky search and rescue helicopter and a Naval Service vessel.

A small fishing craft was found drifting not far from Cape Clear.

However, there was no sign of any occupant.

The missing man, who is elderly and from the west Cork area, was apparently spotted fishing not far from Cape Clear around 2.30pm.

He was not in any difficulty at that time.

The search is being co-ordinated by the Irish Coastguard helicopter with the Naval Service vessel, LE Orla, departing Castletownbere to assist in sweeps of waters around Schull and Cape Clear.

The Sikorsky used its infra-red cameras to sweep waters around the island.

Fishing and leisure craft in the area also assisted in the search of waters between Toe Head and Mizen Head.

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