DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) _ A Spanish trawler sank in rough seas off western Ireland on Tuesday, killing three crewmen. A fourth was rescued, and up to nine were missing.

The Irish Coastguard, fishing vessels in the area and French aircraft were searching the waters.

The surviving crew member was hospitalized in serious condition, the Coastguard said.

The trawler Arosa radioed a distress call at 5 a.m. when it ran into difficulty 13 miles off Slyne Head in County Galway.

Trawler owner Manuel Barreiros, in an interview with the Spanish news agency Efe, said the Arosa carried a crew of 13.

The 36-meter trawler, built in 1974, operates out of the Spanish port of Marin but under a British flag, he said.

No further information was immediately available.