Waterford search

A search off the Waterford coast for two missing fishermen has concluded for tonight and will resume again at first light.

Air, sea and coastline searches took place today after the two men were reported missing from a small dinghy yesterday afternoon.

The two men have been named locally as John O'Brien and Pat Esmonde, both in their mid-30s. Both men had been living in south Tipperary.

The men had travelled from south Tipperary to Helvick on the Ring Peninsula to go fishing for mackerel.

Sea conditions were very calm at the time the men went missing.

A fisherman from Helvick told gardaí that before 5pm he saw one of the men in the water near the dinghy calling for help, three-quarters of a mile from the coast.

When he got to the location, both men had disappeared. Two lifejackets were found in the dinghy.

A team of nine divers from the naval service spent much of the day at the last-known location where the men went missing.

The search and rescue helicopter from Waterford assisted in the search.

Relatives of the two missing men are also in Helvick.