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Search underway after fishing vessel sank off Cork coast

One person has been rescued but one body has been located and four others remain unaccounted for.

File photo of a Coast Guard helicopter
File photo of a Coast Guard helicopter
Image: Leppre via Flickr

Updated 3.34pm

THE IRISH COAST Guard has been operating a search and rescue mission off the coast of Cork all day.

One person has been rescued after an Irish registered fishing vessel sank off the Glandore Harbour in Cork, the Valencia-based Coast Guard informed TheJournal.ie this morning.

There were five other people on board the ‘Tit Bonhomme’ when it sank. A spokesperson for the Coast Guard said there have been unconfirmed reports that one body has been located but is yet to be recovered.

The other four crew members remain unaccounted for.

The 999 call was received at about 6am this morning.

The Waterford-based helicopter was used in the first rescue and has transferred the survivor to Cork airport.

The Shannon helicopter, two lifeboats and various coast guard units have been deployed to the scene. Navy divers have also been requested, said the spokesperson.

The Defence Forces have confirmed that the Navy’s LE Niamh vessel has been deployed to assist in the search, along with the diving team.

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