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Seven fishermen missing on stormy Irish Sea

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Hopes are fading for seven fishermen missing in rough seas off the southeast coast of Ireland. A massive search operation swung into action after two trawlers sank. Two men were rescued but their two fellow crew mates remain lost at sea as do the five fishermen on board the other ill-fated vessel. As anxiety mounts on the mainland, the search – suspended overnight – was resuming this morning.

Both the Irish and British weather centres issued gale warnings for all coastal regions yesterday as winds on land gusted at up to 130 km per hour. One man was killed in the UK where high winds caused severe disruption. A cargo ship adrift in the stormy North Sea narrowly avoided smashing into two gas platforms.

The Vindo, with nine crew on board, bore the brunt of buffeting waves and howling winds after breaking down off Britain’s east coast. It is carrying over 4,000 tonnes of fertiliser.