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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Coast searched after body alert

TWO SEARCHES IN AS MANY DAYS

MYLES BUCHANAN

Published 15/02/2012 | 12:54

The Coast Guard helicopter using its 'night sun' searchlight off the Black Castle on Sunday night.

A fresh search of Wicklow Harbour was under way last night, two days after a helium balloon drifting in the sea was apparently mistaken for a human body.

A family out walking contacted the Coast Guard on Sunday to report what looked like person floating off the North Pier.

The Wicklow lifeboats were both launched just before 5.30 p.m. and an immediate search of the area took place with assistance from' the 'Rescue 117' Sikorsky Coast Guard helicopter from Waterford and coast guard shore units from Wicklow and Greystones.

Despite the intensive sea and shoreline search for close to three hours no person was located.

However, the lifeboat crew found a multi coloured helium balloon drifting south of Wicklow Harbour near the Black Castle which is believed may have been mistaken for a floating body and was a cause for genuine concern. The Coast Guard Marine Co-ordination centre called off the search before 8.30 p.m. The lifeboats then returned to their stations. Last night (Tuesday) another search was under way after another alert was called.

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