Two people die after boat capsizes off Co Donegal coast

Another man in his 50s remains in hospital

Two people die after boat capsizes off Co Donegal coast

A view of Malin Head in Co Donegal | Image: Paul Quinn

Updated: 13.50

Investigations are underway after a 16-year-old boy and a man aged in his 60s drowned when their fishing boat capzised off Malin Head in Co Donegal.

The three left Port Roman pier shortly after 9.00am on Tuesday morning on a fishing trip.

However they got into difficulty at around midday.

The 15-foot vessel capsized and they spent several hours in the water before the alarm was raised by members of the public.

A major rescue operation was then launched.

The dead man has been named locally as Gerry Doherty, who was originally from the area.

Malin Head in Co Donegal | Image: Paul Quinn

His own father drowned in the same area 40 years ago.

16-year-old Thomas Weir from Scotland had been living in Co Derry in recent months.

It is understood both he, and a third man in his 40s who survived, were connected to the family.

That man has since been discharged from hospital.

Investigations are now underway into what caused the boat to capzise.