A fisherman who was recovered from the water in Galway Bay last night has died.

He was in a critical condition when he was located close to Blackrock just before 7pm. 

Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful and the man was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at University Hospital Galway. 

A search had begun earlier in the afternoon after a small fishing vessel was found off the coast near Oranmore. 

The engine was running but the boat was empty. RNLI Lifeboats and the Coast Guard helicopter were involved, along with local boats.