On Tuesday evening a search and rescue operation swung into action for an Irish fishing vessel in trouble off the west coast.
The vessel had lost power in gale force conditions and requested immediate assistance. The search was coordinated by the Irish Coast Guard and involved the Irish naval service vessel LE Niamh. Within 48 hours the vessel was being brought safely back to shore.
The vessel had been fishing 80 miles off the west coast when it lost power. The situation for the crew was exacerbated by difficult weather conditions and they had requested immediate assistance.
The rescue operation involved the Irish naval vessel L.E Niamh and the tug boat Garcal was brought in to assist the operation which was coordinated by the Irish Coast Guard via radio. A Coast Guard helicopter had been put on standby.
The fishing vessel was eventually located, safely put under tow and has now been brought back in.