Search for missing fisherman to resume this morning

Search for missing fisherman to resume this morning

A search operation has resumed for a missing crewman off the coast of Dublin.

The Skerries lifeboat was at the scene within minutes, and one of the men was rescued.

Irish Coastguard helicopter Rescue 116 along with RNLI lifeboats and local fishing trawlers are all involved in the search effort.

The rescued fisherman was said to be conscious when he was brought ashore about half an hour after the alarm was raised.

It is understood the two men are related, and had been out fishing for clams since early morning. The vessel went down about 100m from Skerries harbour in north Dublin.

The garda sub-aqua unit had also been called out to search the water for the missing crewman.

Onlookers were stunned at how close the boat was to shore when it sank.

The Air Corps Casa 253 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft was also deployed, equipped with sophisticated technology including forward-looking infra-red and a high-powered camera system.

A spokesman for Howth RNLI said its crew were alerted to the sinking before 2pm.

Family members, many in tears, embraced each other. "I'm sure with the day that's in it, the lads chose to head out", said a local man.

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