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Search to resume for five fishermen missing off west Cork coast

The search for the five fishermen missing in the Glandore Bay area will resume this morning.

The search being carried out off the coast of west Cork yesterday.
The search being carried out off the coast of west Cork yesterday.
Image: Screengrab via RTE.ie

THE SEARCH WILL resume this morning for the five men missing off the coast of west Cork since yesterday after their trawler struck rocks on its way back to port.

The 21-metre long Tit Bonhomme sank off the coast of west Cork in Glandore Bay in the early hours of Sunday morning. One of six fisherman on board was rescued from the water and taken to a local hospital. He is said to be in a comfortable condition at Cork University Hospital.

A lengthy search was carried out yesterday for the five other men who are still missing. The search focused on the entrance to Union Hall and Glandore harbour

Operations will resume at first light at around 8am this morning with numerous coast guards expected to be involved, a spokesperson for Valentia Coast Guard told TheJournal.ie.

Gerard O’Flynn, search co-ordinator, told RTÉ Radio this morning that conditions were “reasonable” for the search to resume this morning.  It is hoped that weather conditions will allow for an underwater search to be carried out by the Gardaí and navy divers.

It is believed that the fishing vessel struck rocks on its way back into port in the Glandore Bay area earlier yesterday morning. Investigations are already underway.

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