Belfast Telegraph

Three killed in boat fire off Cork

An Irishman and two men from Europe have died after a boat caught fire in waters off County Cork.

The tragedy occurred in Bantry Bay near Adrigole harbour at about 5.30pm on Monday.

A fourth man on the 25ft motor cruiser survived, a local lifeboat spokesman said.

The Waterford-based coastguard rescue helicopter, which had been on a separate mission in the Caha mountains on the Beara peninsula, was on the scene within minutes of the alarm being raised.

An RNLI lifeboat crew from nearby Castletownbere, a Customs surveillance boat and a French-registered yacht joined the rescue attempt.

The helicopter crew winched the four men from the water.

The only survivor, described by those involved in the rescue as walking wounded, was rushed to Cork University Hospital.

Paul Stevens, from Castletownbere RNLI, said the motor cruiser sank shortly after the rescue attempt.

"By the time the rescue helicopter came on the scene very quickly the four casualties were in the water," he said. "Whether they abandoned ship we don't know."

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