The Naval Vessel LÉ Roisin has taken up station at the scene 30 nautical miles off the Old Head of Kinsale where the Merchant Vessel ABUK LION is in difficulty.
It is not thought the vessel is any immediate danger.
LE Roisin was sent to the area following a request from the Coast Guard and is standing by to assist and escort the vessel in difficulty and accompanying tug.
Conditions in the area have been described as challenging.
As Irish Defence Forces reported, that the tug has reached the drifted vessel and the vessel is currently under tow by the Celtic Isle off Kinsale, LÉ Roisin is remaining on scene to assist as necessary.
Military Ireland, December 30, 2013