April 13, 2021

Fisherman dies, search underway for second man after trawler sank off coast

A fisherman has died and a search is under way for a second man after a trawler went missing off the South East coast last night.

Gardaí confirmed a man in his 60s who was recovered by the emergency services from the water in the early hours this morning has died at University Hospital Waterford.

RNLI crews and other boats as well as the Coast Guard rescue services have been searching for another man who was on board when the boat is believed to have sank off the coast of Hook Head in neighbouring Co Wexford.

It is understood there were two people on board at the time.

A Garda spokesperson said: “On Sunday 5 January 2020 shortly before midnight, Gardaí and the Coastguard were alerted to reports that a trawler had gone missing off the Wexford coast with two men on board.

“A major search operation is underway and continues to be carried out with the RNLI and Coastguard Helicopter 117 attending. One male in his 60s was recovered from the water and was taken to University Hospital Waterford where he has since passed away. Searches continue for the second man.”

More details to follow.

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