Tuesday 21 February 2017

Hundreds join in search for missing man

Tom Shiel

Published 14/09/2015 | 02:30

Daniel Doherty went missing off the coast of Mayo
Daniel Doherty went missing off the coast of Mayo

A search will resume today off the coast of Mayo for a young man who disappeared while baiting lobster pots.

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Daniel Doherty (23), from Belmullet, has been missing since Friday and is now feared drowned.

Locals turned out in huge numbers yesterday to comb a rugged stretch of the shoreline, concentrating on an area near Benwee Head in the Broad- haven Bay.

It is believed that Mr Doherty got into difficulty while he was baiting lobster pots aboard his 30 foot half-decker, Carra Rose.

The empty vessel, with its lights on, was found on its side at a beach close to Benwee Head shortly before 9pm on Friday.

Over the weekend, a Shannon-based coastguard helicopter, along with RNLI lifeboats from Ballyglass and Achill, were involved in a search. They were joined by local fishing boats.

Gerry Coyle, who is a member of Mayo County Council, yesterday described Mr Doherty as "extremely industrious".

He added: "For a time, Daniel was a member of our boxing club in Geesala.

"He is very popular, a thorough gentleman."

Irish Independent

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