Belfast Telegraph

Major search for fisherman after boat sinks in Irish Sea

A major search and rescue operation is under way for a missing fisherman after a boat sank in the Irish Sea.

One of the two men on board was pulled from the water after their vessel went down about 100m out from Skerries harbour in north Dublin at around 1.30pm, local RNLI crews reported.

The rescued fisherman was said to be conscious when he was brought ashore about half an hour after the alarm was raised.

He was rushed to hospital for treatment.

The local RNLI lifeboat crew in Skerries was the first rescue boat on the scene and later supported by teams from Howth and Clogherhead.

The Navy ship LE Orla was also in the area to co-ordinate the search and rescue mission along with the Dublin-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter.

A spokesman for the Irish Coast Guard said: "A number of other boats are in the area as well."

The men were believed to be on a small local vessel involved in razor fishing.

It is understood a doctor and an advanced paramedic were on the scene when the rescued fisherman was taken from the water. He was treated on the shore before being taken away in an ambulance.

T he Garda Water Unit was later dispatched to the scene.

Others taking part in the mission included the Navy vessel LE Niamh and the Air Corps' Casa maritime patrol aircraft.

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