Three brothers in their 40s have drowned off the coast of Co Waterford.

Paul, Kenny and Shane Bolger from Passage East in Co Waterford died after their 5.8m (19ft) fishing boat capsized outside Tramore Bay.

Paul, 49, was a father-of-one, his 44-year-old brother Shane had two young children and their 47-year-old brother Kenny was a single man.

They left Dunmore East in their fishing punt the ‘Dean Leanne’ to haul and move lobster pots near Brownstown Head off Tramore.

When they did not arrive back at their normal time, an alert was raised and search and rescue services launched.

The upturned vessel was spotted in the water and the bodies of the three men were recovered from Tramore Bay.

The coastguard from Waterford and the Tramore and Dunmore East lifeboats took part in the search.

A spokesperson said that winds were strong and there was a heavy swell at the time.

The Waterford rescue helicopter recovered one of the casualties and the Dunmore East lifeboat recovered the remaining two.

All three bodies were found around 500 metres from the coastline.

Post mortem examinations are due to take place later.