A man drowned off the Clare coast was just 100m away from a lifebuoy when he was swept into sea while fishing with a friend.
It’s unclear if the Lithuanian man got to the buoy before disappearing from sight off Blackhead lighthouse in North Clare.
His companion drove some 80m away to Tuam, in Co Galway but was unable to tell gardai where they had been fishing and could only indicate they were near a lighthouse.
Gardai had to ring colleagues in Clare in an effort to identify the location.
The search operation was launched around 4pm, two hours after the man entered the water.
Sea conditions in the area at the time were said to be rough with swells of over 2m (6ft).
The search was stood down for the night and resumed yesterday morning but was called off around lunchtime due to the stormy weather conditions.
The search was expected to resume today.