Irish Coast Guard helicopter 115 which brought an injured crew member to Cork University Hospital this morning

A crew was rescued from a stricken fishing vessel on the south-west coast of Ireland in the early hours of this morning after a fire broke out onboard.

The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115, along with the Irish Navy warship LE James Joyce and Irish Coast Guard units and Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat was called to an incident  in the early hours of this morning where a fishing vessel suffered an onboard fire. 

The fishing vessel was reported to located somewhere in the are 10 nautical miles west of Bantry Bay when the emergency service reached the incident.

It is believed that at least one casualty was airlifted to Cork University Hospital with the crew of the fishing vessel being brought ashore by the Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat. So far no other casualties have been reported.

Full details have not yet been released about what occurred.

The LE James Joyce was in the area was called upon to assist in the rescue but was later stood down.

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Rescue Services get early morning call to fishing vessel with onboard fire

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