The executive producer of the RTE television reality show, Cabin Fever, has said the nine contestants who had to abandon their sinking ship yesterday are severely traumatised, but otherwise safe, well and uninjured.

The producer, Julian Vignoles, said that what happened next would be entirely up to the contestants.

He said their health and mental state were the priority.

The contestants and the two skippers of the vessel were rescued after it went aground and began to break up near Tory Island, off the Donegal coast.

The Marine Casualty Investigation board is currently trying to establish what happened.

A spokesperson for the department of the Marine says that no licence will be issued for a replacement vessel until it gets a preliminary report into the sinking of Cabin fever one.