A 73-year-old man from Salisbury in England has died after a boat capsized off the Co Wexford coast last night.

The alarm was raised shortly before 11.30pm after the boat, with ten people on board, failed to return to shore after the group had gone out for a day's fishing.

It is understood a woman and nine males, including a teenage boy, were in the water half a mile south of the Great Saltee Islands for up to five hours before being rescued.

All of them were wearing life jackets.

Their boat is believed to have overturned in choppy water. The group included people from north Co Wexford and some of their relatives who were on holidays from England.

The scene was attended by the Fethard-on-Sea and Kilmore Quay life boats and coast guard units out of Kilmore Quay and Dunmore East.

Kilmore Quay lifeboat crew search for overdue boat off Wexford coast


A small passenger ferry, An Crossan, crewed by three Kilmore Quay RNLI lifeboat members also joined the search.

The Waterford-based coast guard helicopter also attended the scene, and transferred the elderly man to University Hospital Waterford, where he was later pronounced dead.

The other nine people were transferred by road to Wexford General Hospital.