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Rescue operation underway after fisherman falls overboard

Rescue operation underway after fisherman falls overboard

A rescue operation is underway off the Kerry coast after a fisherman fell overboard in choppy seas.

It is believed that he is from Spanish-registered vessel.

The incident was reported to the coast guard around 6.15pm this evening.

Rescue helicopter 115 is currently being tasked by Valentia coast guard.

The vessel is around 40 nautical miles off Valentia Island.

A spokesperson for the coast guard said the incident was reported by the Spanish authorities.

He said the coast guard is awaiting more details on how the man fell overboard.

He added that there are currently force seven gales off the south west coast with four-metre high waves and said conditions are difficult.