TWO fishing trawlers that got into difficulty off the southwest coast are now making their way towards land.
Fears had been growing for the safety of the 18 crew members on board the vessels that got into difficulty in high seas and storm force winds off the southwest coast.
The Endurance and its 10-member crew and the Ellie Adhamh with eight crew were fishing for prawns in the Porcupine Bank about 120 miles off the coast of Dingle.
The fishing vessels had left from Rossaveal in Co Galway.
The ships were hit by massive waves that shifted their wheels and caused the windows of the vessels to stove in.
The Coastguard helicopter and the lifeboat could not reach them because of the rough conditions at sea and their distance offshore.
The Endurance is being accompanied by another vessel, the Sheanna Anne, and they are making their way towards Dingle.
The Ellie Adhamh is heading for Castletownbere off the coast of Cork.
A spokesman for the Valentia Coastguard said they were not worried about the safety of the crew at this stage and both ships were moving and making their way towards land.