Saturday 21 September 2019

Body found on Aran Islands identified as fisherman who 'fell into sea after losing footing'

Caroline Crawford

The remains of a man found washed up on a beach on Inis Meain have been identified as those of Andrey Maltsev, who fell into the sea off the coast of Clare last month.

Mr Maltsev (45) went missing over a fortnight ago when he was fishing in the Pulleen Bay near Doonbeg in Co Clare

His body was discovered washed up on the shore of the Aran Island of Inis Meain last Friday by a passerby.

The remains had been taken to University College Hospital where a post mortem was carried out. Gardai had taken a DNA sample from his family member in order to confirm that the remains were those of the fisherman.

It has now been confirmed that the remains are those of Mr Maltsev.

Mr Maltsev, originally from Russia, had lived in the area for over a decade. He was living in Limerick with his wife and family. He was last seen on September 16 when he was shore angling with a colleague on the rocks at Pulleen Bay. It is understood he lost his footing and fell into the water while untangling a line.

A large scale land, air and sea search was launched for the fisherman but this was hampered by heavy coastal fog in the days following the incident.

Dozens of colleagues of Mr Maltsev from Tredwell Electrical in Raheen travelled to Clare to help with the search.

His family are now being supported by friends and the local community.

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