louth missing fisherman search

Clogherhead RNLI Lifeboat, along with R116, Clogherhead Coast Guard Unit and Greenore Coast Guard are involved in the search for the missing fisherman off Co Louth. Photo: RNLI/Clogherhead

The search for a fisherman missing from a boat that sank off the Co Louth coast this morning continues.

Emergency services received a mayday call around 8.45am this morning from a vessel in difficulty with two persons onboard.

The Marine Rescue Coordination Centre immediately coordinated the search and rescue mission.

The coastguard helicopter R116, Clogherhead RNLI Lifeboat, Clogherhead Coast Guard Unit and Greenore Coast Guard unit were all tasked to the location, which is one nautical mile north of Dunany Point in Co Louth.

One of the two persons onboard the fishing vessel was rescued from the sea, but the second person remains missing.

A Spokesperson for the Department of Transport:

The Irish Coast Guard Marine Rescue Coordination Centre Dublin received a mayday call from a fishing vessel in the North Irish Sea before 9am this morning.  The MRCC tasked Dublin based Coast Guard Helicopter R116, Clogherhead Coast Guard Unit, Greenore Coast Guard Unit and Clogherhead RNLI Lifeboat. One casualty was rescued by a local fishing vessel and has been transferred to hospital. A Search and Rescue operation for a second casualty is ongoing.

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