Friday 24 March 2017

Man's body recovered from car at foot of cliff

THE body of a man in his 30s was recovered from an overturned car at the foot of a 13-metre-high cliff on the Sligo coast yesterday evening, writes Anita Guidera.

The alarm was raised at around 4pm yesterday by day trippers at the popular seaside resort of Mullaghmore, who spotted the Northern-registered car at the bottom of the cliffs just behind the village.

A major rescue mission got under way, involving the Irish Coast Guard helicopter, the RNLI coast guard, fire-fighters from Bundoran and Sligo and gardai.

Gardai were attempting last night to confirm whether the sole occupant of the car was a 32-year-old man from Omagh, Co Tyrone, who was reported missing at 11am yesterday.

Diving officer Francis Jenkins said there was only one man in the car, which had a wrecked bicycle lying alongside it.

Mr Jenkins also said it was likely that the car was several hours at the bottom of the cliff before the alarm was raised.

"There's evidence the tide had been in and went out again. It could be that the car was there for about eight hours," he said.

Irish Independent

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