Rescuers searching for a missing Dutch and German national off West Cork have recovered a body.
The tragic discovery came shortly after 2.30pm, following a painstaking operation to recover the body from an inlet near treacherous cliffs on Sheep’s Head peninsula.
The remains will be transferred to Bantry with a full post-mortem examination to be conducted later tonight.
A massive search operation involved air, sea and land resources remains ongoing for the second man missing.
The two friends, aged 31 and 32 years, flew into Ireland on Wednesday and went for a walk last Saturday to a scenic lighthouse on the peninsula.
However, weather conditions were appalling at the time with winds gusting to almost 120kph amid fears that one or both of the men may have been swept away while on an exposed part of the peninsula.
The search operation involves an Irish Coastguard helicopter, the naval service vessel LE Eithne, as well as gardai, the West Cork Cliff Rescue and local volunteers.