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Saturday 19 April 2014

Search for man who fell into sea to resume

Irish Coast Guard
Irish Coast Guard

A search will resume for a man who fell into the sea in Co Clare today.

The missing man, believed to a Latvian national in his 40's, may have been in the sea for up to two hours however before the alarm was raised.

It's understood that two men had been fishing from rocks about 100m south of the lighthouse at Blackhead in North Clare when one fell into the water.

The second man is understood to have gone to get help and when he returned to the scene, there was no sign of his friend.

The man's companion is believed to have panicked and drove almost 80 kilometres to Tuam in Co Galway where he reported his pal missing and the alarm was raised.

The shocked man and his boss travelled back to the scene where they met emergency services and pointed out the location where the fisherman had fallen in.

The Irish Coast Guard marine rescue coordination centre on Valentia Island in Co Kerry mounted a massive search at around 4.30pm.

The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard was alerted and mobilised to the scene while the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter was also tasked.

The RNLI lifeboat based at Inis Mór in the Aran Islands was also sent to assist in the search.

The helicopter, with it's advanced infra-red and heatseeking equipment carried out sweeps of the sea, part of Galway and along the coast south and to the east of the scene.

Coast Guard land crews and gardaí searched the coastline in an effort to locate the missing man.

When there was no sign of the missing man by 6.00pm the search was called off for the night but was due to resume early today (Monday).

Just last October, a 42-year-old Latvian man drowned just a few kilometres from the scene of yesterdays incident.

The father-of-one had been fishing for mackerel with two friends at an area known locally as the Fisherman's Climb at Ballyreen near Fanore.

That was the third such fatal accident at the same area in recent years. In all three cases the incidents happened in front of the victim's family or friends and was also witnessed by others.

 

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