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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Search for local teacher ends in tragedy for Irish Coast Guard

Cian Murray

Published 12/09/2016 | 18:20

The scene near Kilkee where an Irish Coast Guard rescue boat capsized. Photo: Press 22
The scene near Kilkee where an Irish Coast Guard rescue boat capsized. Photo: Press 22

Poor weather had already hampered the search which led to three coast guards being thrown into the water off the coast of Clare.

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One of the coast guards was later pronounced dead, while two other were hospitalised.

The coast guards got into trouble during a search and recovery operation for Lissycasey local David McMahon. The 33-year-old teacher was reported missing on Friday evening, with the Coast Guard first being alerted at 11pm after his car was found in Kilkee.

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The search, which focused on the hilltop and cliff walking paths in the area, was cancelled at 1.30am.

It continued on Saturday morning, but poor weather conditions led to the Irish Coast Guard requesting that the large number of public members who had now joined, stand down.

The combined search, which included Coast Guard volunteers and Gardai, resumed on Saturday and Sunday but conditions in the area were described as challenging.

The search continued this morning, with Valentia Island Coast Guard Centre receiving a mayday call for one of their own boats at ten minutes past midday.

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