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Update: Search stood down after man falls from Spanish trawler

The incident was reported at approximately 4am this morning. It’s believed the man was not wearing a lifejacket.

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Updated 16:20

THE SEARCH FOR a male who fell from a Spanish trawler early this morning has been stood down.

The decision was made just after midday today. A spokesperson from the Department of Transport said that the trawler had been on route back to Castletownbere in Co Cork when the incident occurred.

The incident was reported at approximately 4am this morning when it was noticed that the man – who was not wearing a lifejacket – had fallen overboard.

Search and rescue helicopters from both Shannon and Waterford took part in today’s search, in addition to all-weather lifeboats from Castletownbere and Baltimore in Co Cork. Two naval vessels were also involved in the search.

The situation is set to be reassessed early tomorrow, at which point a decision will be made as to whether a search and rescue helicopter will be sent out again.

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