RESCUE officials searching for a missing sailor following a west Cork yacht accident have recovered a body.
The discovery came after 12-hour search operation when a seven-metre yacht was reported overdue and missing in Roaringwater Bay in Schull.
The yacht had three sailors on board, two men and a woman, all aged in their late 60s and early 70s.
Two, a man and a woman, were found safe on isolated Castle Island at 6am today in Roaringwater Bay.
However, the third man, in his late 60s, was still missing and the search continued.
Shortly before 8am, rescue officials found a body in Roaringwater Bay, not far from where the yacht is believed to have foundered.
However, formal identification of the body and confirmation that the remains are those of the missing sailor will take some time.
It is believed their yacht may have struck a submerged rock as it sailed around an island before intending to head back to Schull.
The three sailors were left in the icy waters and two, a man and a woman, managed to swim to an isolated island.
The two sailors were located on Castle Island at 6am by the Schull-based rescue boat and were immediately taken for medical treatment.
However, the third sailor, a man in his late 60s, didn't make it ashore.