Author: Aimee Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
At approximately 1.05pm today (Sunday 29 January) Clogher Head RNLI received a call from the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Dublin when it was reported that a man had fallen overboard from a fishing vessel 9 miles east of Clogherhead, County Louth.
The skipper of the fishing vessel contacted the Coast Guard seeking assistance in locating a man who fell overboad from the trawler. The man is believed to be a foreign national in his thirties.
Volunteer lifeboat crew onboard the Clogher Head Lifeboat, Doris Bleasdale, are co-ordinating the search of the area. Rescue helicopter 116 and the crew on board an RNLI relief lifeboat headed for Rosslare are involved in the search. Various other fishing vessels in the vicinity are giving assistance.
Sea conditions started off good with clear visibility but have gradually worsened as the afternoon has progressed.