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BREAKING: Major search operation underway off the coast of Cork

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
BREAKING: Major search operation underway off the coast of Cork

A major search operation is underway off the coast of Cork for a missing yacht.

The three-man crew of the 'Blue Bird' said they had engine problems and were sinking, however emergency services have been unable to find it.

The call, picked up by the Valencia coastguard, came on the distress channel and claimed the yacht was one mile south of Roches Point at the entrance to Cork harbour.

But there is no sign of the boat in that location.

Two helicopters, three Coastguard units, three lifeboats and the Navy have now all joined the search.