A SEARCH AND rescue effort off Dublin’s Howth Head has been called off for the night because of fading light.
The operation, which involved local RNLI and Coast Guard crews along with the Rescue 116 helicopter, began shortly after 5.30pm; the alarm was raised by an an angler fishing off rocks near Balscadden Road, to the east of the harbour. He called the RNLI lifeboat station on the Middle Pier reporting a “person in the water”.
RTÉ reports that a man fell overboard from a small fishing vessel.
The RNLI inshore lifeboat, and then the all-weather lifeboat, were deployed to search in the area, before being joined in the effort later by the Howth Coast Guard, a spokesperson for the RNLI confirmed to TheJournal.ie this evening.
The Rescue 116 helicopter was also tasked to the scene from its base at Dublin Airport.
After a search of the area lasting over two and a half hours that yielded no trace of the person, a decision was made to stand the operation down for the night.