A man has died after his fishing vessel sank off Inishowen Head near Greencastle in Co Donegal.

A local fisherman contacted Malin Head Coast Guard shortly after 10am after spotting wreckage and a diesel spill off Inishowen Head.

The deceased man's remains were recovered from the water and have been taken to Greencastle Coast Guard Station.

His body is expected to be taken from there to Letterkenny General Hospital.

The man was the only occupant of the vessel.

It was initially unclear whether there were further casualties, but after a brief search of the surrounding area, the operation was stood down.

The rescue helicopter at Sligo, Greencastle Coast Guard, Portrush and Lough Swilly life boats and Malin Head Coast Guard were involved in the operation.