An investigation is underway into the death of a fisherman off the North Mayo coast yesterday, after a fishing vessel capsized.

Two other men onboard the crab-fishing boat were brought to hospital, and were later discharged.

All three men are from the Erris area.

The Sligo-based Coast Guard helicopter located and recovered the three men from a life raft about 16 miles off Eagle Island.

They were airlifted to Sligo University Hospital, but one man in his 50’s was pronounced dead at the hospital.

He’s believed to be from the Inver area.

Rescue agencies were notified of the emergency after Malin Head Coast Guard Rescue Co-ordination Centre picked up a mayday call shortly after 12.30 yesterday afternoon.

The Air Corps' Casa maritime patrol aircraft happened to be patrolling the area at the time and spotted the men on the life raft after they set off flares.

The Sligo-based Coast Guard helicopter R118 and Ballyglass RNLI were immediately tasked to the area.

The helicopter located the life raft at about 1.20pm and the crew were rushed to hospital after being winched aboard the helicopter.

However, a 57-year old man from the Inver area was pronounced dead at Sligo University Hospital.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board has launched an investigation.

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