An Irishman has been charged in connection with a cocaine haul worth £80m (€92m) that was recovered from a boat off the south coast of England.

More than a tonne of cocaine with a street value of £80m was recovered from the boat, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

Three men were arrested and charged following the operation, which Border Force described as "one of the most significant drug seizures ever made in the UK".

The owner and captain of the boat, Irishman Michael McDermott, 67, and his crew, Dutch national Gerald Van De Kooij, 26, and Briton David Pleasants, 57, appeared at Bodmin Magistrates' Court today charged with importing cocaine.

The haul was discovered on vessel Bianca, a British-registered fishing trawler, on Thursday, in UK waters just south of Falmouth, in Cornwall.

It was seized during a joint operation involving NCA and Border Force maritime command officers, who boarded the boat and found around 50 bags suspected of containing cocaine.

The NCA said the seizure would have a "significant disruptive impact" on the supply chain.

The men have been remanded in custody until their next hearing at Bristol Crown Court on 20 September.

Mike Stepney, director of national operations at Border Force, said: "This is one of the most significant drugs seizures ever made in the UK and a testament to the multi-agency approach we adopt to secure the UK's border and territorial waters.

"By working closely with the NCA and our other national and international partners we were able to intercept this vessel before it could deliver its £80m of cargo to the UK.

"This seizure is a fantastic example of the vital role our officers play in preventing drugs from reaching the UK and keeping our communities safe," added Mr Stepney.