Latest: Vessel sinks off Cork coast; Crew safely onboard another vessel

The vessel has a crew of eleven, is reported to be taking on water and has lost propulsion. 
Latest: Vessel sinks off Cork coast; Crew safely onboard another vessel

The Shannon-based Coast Guard Helicopter R115 is on the scene and R116 is currently on standby in Cork Airport. File image. Photo: Domnick Walsh.

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A vessel which was earlier reported to be on fire off the Cork coast has now sank. 

In a statement, the Coast Guard said that the crew members from the vessel were being brought to Castletownbere and no injuries are reported. 

"Shortly after 9 o’clock this morning, Valentia Coast Guard was alerted to a vessel in difficulty approximately 60 miles South West of Mizen Head. The UK registered fishing vessel 'Piedras' was reported to be taking on water and had lost propulsion. The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter R115, was immediately tasked to the scene as was an Air Corps Maritime Patrol Aircraft and the LÉ Samuel Beckett. A second Coast Guard helicopter R116 was placed on standby at Cork airport. Shortly after raising the alert the crew of eleven decided to abandon the vessel and transfer to another fishing vessel the FV Armaven. No injuries were reported.

"Early this afternoon the vessel sunk in the area where it was initially reported to be in difficulty. LÉ Samuel Beckett remained on scene to monitor the situation. It is expected that the ARMAVEN will proceed to Castletownbere to disembark the crew members of the casualty vessel," the statement said. 

Earlier

The eleven crew members on board a fishing vessel that was earlier reported to be taking on water have abandoned the vessel and are safely onboard another FV. 

The casualty vessel is on fire. R115 and Air Corps Casa are on scene, according to the coastguard. Valentia Coastguard are coordinating the response.

Earlier

Valentia Coast Guard is coordinating assistance to a fishing vessel reported to be in difficulty approximately 60 miles South West of Mizen Head, in county Cork. 

The vessel has a crew of eleven, is reported to be taking on water and has lost propulsion. 

The Shannon-based Coast Guard Helicopter R115 is on the scene and R116 is currently on standby in Cork Airport. 

The Naval ship LÉ Samuel Beckett and an Air Corps CASA are also proceeding. 

According to the Department of Transport, weather conditions on the scene are favourable. 

Another fishing vessel is also on scene preparing to assist as necessary.

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