Search underway off Mayo for missing boat

 

A search has got underway tonight off Mayo for four people who failed to return from a fishing expedition to a group of deserted islands off the coast.

The alarm was raised shortly before 9 p.m. when the four people failed to show up in their 19-foot boat at Blacksod Pier as scheduled.

Two local lifeboats have put to sea to look for the missing vessel.

Weather conditions in the area are worsening with mist, lowering cloud and a strengthening north westerly wind.

However, rescuers remain hopeful that the group may have managed to make it ashore on the Inishkea chain of islands.