A man has died and his brother has been rescued following a boating accident in Galway Bay this morning.

The two men were onboard a hooker which capsized shortly after it left the village of Kinvara at 10am.

The man who died has been named as 67-year-old Johnny Sheáin Jeaic MacDonncha, a fisherman from Carna in Connemara.

His brother Josie (66), was rescued after the ‘McHugh’ capsized and is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

The hooker was about two miles out to sea, en route to Rossaveal, when it got into difficulty.

A crewman from another Galway hooker which was accompanying the stricken vessel dived into the sea and recovered the two men, however efforts to revive the 67-year-old were unsuccessful.

Weather conditions on the Bay were said to be blustery this morning.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board will resume its investigation into the sinking of the traditional sailing boat tomorrow.

Louth rescue

Separately, a crewman on board a Belgian merchant vessel has been rescued off the east coast after sustaining electric burns.

Dublin Coast Guard said they received a call at 10pm last night from the vessel which was 12 miles off Clogherhead.

A rescue operation involving the Irish Coast Guard Helicopter and Drogheda Coast Guard Unit took place.

The man was brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.