Search for five fishermen halted overnight

Tuesday 17 January 2012 10.38
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Debris from the trawler (Pic: Irish coastguard)
Debris from the trawler (Pic: Irish coastguard)
Life jackets found floating nearby (Pic: Irish coastguard)
Life jackets found floating nearby (Pic: Irish coastguard)
Bad weather is hampering the search off the Cork coast (Pic: Irish coastguard)
Bad weather is hampering the search off the Cork coast (Pic: Irish coastguard)

One man has been saved and five people are missing at sea after a fishing trawler got into difficulties on its way back to land in Cork.

The search for the missing fishermen has been wound down for the evening and will resume at 8am.

Poor weather conditions have been hampering the search off the southwest coast of Ireland.

The man who was saved is said to be in a comfortable condition at Cork University Hospital.

The search is concentrated at the mouth of the estuary between two large rocks known locally as the Adam and Eve rocks.

Relatives of the skipper and crew arrived at Union Hall earlier today.

It is understood the fishing boat had been fishing out of Union Hall for the past nine years under a skipper from Co Waterford.

The crew ordinarily consists of four Egyptian crewmen and a Waterford skipper, but they were joined by a local student interested in a career at sea on this trip.

The trawler is understood to have been making its way home in force 7 to 8 southeasterly winds when the alarm was raised.

The boat may have had engine failure and was blown onto a rocky island, according to some local people.

The Shannon and Waterford Irish Coastguard helicopters are at the scene, as are the crews of the Courtmacsherry and Baltimore lifeboats along with up to 15 fishing vessels.

Coastguard units from Glandore, Castlefreake and Toe Head are searching the foreshore where there are pockets of debris.

The Naval Service has deployed its vessel, the LE Niamh, to the Glandore area to help in the search. They have also sent a diving team to the scene.

Divers have been prevented from carrying out searches of the vessel so far because of a very strong swell rolling into Glandore Bay.