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Mystery distress call causes wide-scale hunt on Cork coast

18 October 2015 Latest News National News News

A wide-scale hunt took place earlier today off the coast of Cork after a mystery distress call from a yacht.

The three-man crew of the ‘Blue Bird’ said they were having engine problems and were sinking, however emergency services were 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 was no sign of the boat in that location.

Two helicopters, three Coastguard units, three lifeboats and the Navy all joined the search. It is still unclear if the distress call was genuine.

The search has now been called off and an investigation has been launched.

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