Two fishermen experienced a lucky escape after their boat capsized off the coast of Clare.
Their boat was capsized by a wave before being tossed into rocks after their engine failed in rough seas.
The alarm was raised at approximately 3:20pm by the harbour master’s office in Doolin after the incident was reported to them by a crew member on board a local ferry.
A major search and rescue operation was launched by the Irish Coast Guard’s sub-centre on Valentia Island in Kerry as a result.
There was extreme concern expressed for the men’s safety as conditions were described as ‘difficult’ with a westerly force 5 to 6 wind and a large swell reported in the area.
The Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter was also deployed to the scene.
A radio message from the Irish Coast Guard asked other vessels that were in close proximity to the area to assist.
It’s understood that both fishermen, who were wearing life jackets, were washed into the surf before clambering up the rocks to safety. Their boat was then broken up as it collided with the rocks.
The men were winched up by the helicopter and cared for at the Coast Guard Station in Doolin.
Although badly shaken, both men escaped the incident uninjured while stating that they had a ‘very lucky escape.’