Sunday 22 October 2017

Search for missing Howth fisherman suspended

Howth RNLI has resumed the search
Howth RNLI has resumed the search

A search for a missing fisherman who fell into the sea has been suspended after emergency services fail to find any trace.

The search is expected to resume at low tide later today.

The emergency began about 5pm yesterday when a man in his 40s fell into the sea near Baileys Lighthouse.

A second man alerted the emergency services who immediately began a search.

The Coast Guard helicopter and two Howth lifeboats searched the area extensively yesterday evening, assisted by the Garda Air Support Unit, the Fire Brigade and ambulance service teams.

The search was called off around 8pm due to fading light.

Some items of fishing gear were found near the area.

Dublin Coastguard said the search from the East Pier to the nose of the Hill of Howth resumed at first light involving the coast guard helicopter, Howth coast guard, Howth RNLI and gardai.

Weather conditions are said to be good today, with a slight swell in the water.

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