A German tourist who went missing after a cruiser got into difficulty in Lough Ree on the River Shannon has been located safe and well.

An air and sea search was mounted at 8pm when the cruiser, with three German men aboard, ran aground on the eastern shoreline of the lake close to Barley Harbour in Co Longford.

Two of those on board were rescued from the vessel.

The third man left the cruiser on a dingy to raise the alarm, but failed in his attempts.

He was found just after midnight by gardaí on an island in Lough Ree.

The Lough Ree RNLI, the Lough Ree sub-aqua unit and the Coast Guard helicopter were involved in the operation.

Elsewhere, a man was airlifted to safety by a UK navy helicopter after falling into the sea overnight.

He had been on board a French sailing vessel 70 miles south of Hook Head.