30 people have been safely rescued from a Dutch sailing vessel which struck rocks off the Co Cork coast.
A major operation was launched, after the Tall Ship Astrid ran aground near Sovereign Island west of Kinsale harbour, at midday.
Engine failure and strong winds are being blamed.
The Astrid before running aground:
It is understood the people on board are of Irish, Dutch, French and English nationalities.
None of the crew or passengers have suffered any serious injuries.
The Kinsale and Courtmacsherry lifeboats were among four rescue boats tasked along with the Waterford and Shannon based Coastguard helicopters.
Irish Examiner reporter Eoin English, who's in Cork, says the vessel has broken up and is sinking: