Family thanks divers as student's body is found
Published 11/07/2015 | 02:30
The family of heroic student Barry Davis Ryan (20) said an emotional thanks to search officials who defied stormy conditions to recover his body 11 days after he drowned.
Barry's remains were located in a deep kelp rock bed in waters off East Hole, Baltimore in west Cork, shortly before noon yesterday.
His body was located as divers were to scale down their operation in light of a major weather deterioration, at the start of the last dive of the day.
The remains were taken to Baltimore RNLI station in a rigid inflatable boat (RIB).
Irish Coast Guard, RNLI and recovery divers then formed a special guard of honour as the hearse left the village.
Members of the Ryan family, including his mother Ann Davis and uncle, met with dive officials to offer their personal thanks.
A total of 122 divers and volunteers undertook an exhaustive search to exploit a favourable weather window.
Divers searched a sea grid near where Mr Davis Ryan, his girlfriend Niamh O'Connor (20) and his father Barry Ryan (51) drowned on June 30. The father and son drowned as they tried to rescue Ms O'Connor who was swept into the sea. The Irish Coast Guards thanked all those involved in the search.