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Three fishermen dead after boat capsizes off Co Waterford

The three men were aboard a fishing punt which is thought to have overturned in Tramore Bay.

File photo of Tramore, Co Waterford.
File photo of Tramore, Co Waterford.
Image: irishjaunt via Flickr

THREE MEN have died after their small fishing boat capsized in waters off Co Waterford.

The men had been out in a 20-foot ‘punt’, a small man-powered fishing boat, about half a mile off Brownstown Head near Tramore.

It is understood that the alarm was raised when local fisherman realised that the vessel had not returned from its trip.

A search and rescue helicopter from Waterford, and a RNLI lifeboat from Dunmore East, were dispatched at about 5:45pm.

The helicopter identified the first casualty ten minutes later, while the lifeboat identified and recovered the second casualties shortly afterwards.

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