Freighter calls for help in high seas off Co Cork
The Abuk Lion had been en route from Limerick to Russia
With a crew of 13 and carrying a cargo of bauxite, the Abuk Lion is contending with Gale Force 8 winds and four metre swells three miles offshore but is understood not to be in immediate danger.
An ocean-going tug, the Celtic Isle, has been sent from Cork to assist it but is not likely to arrive at the scene before 11pm. It is planned that the tug will then tow the freighter back to Cork harbour.