Friday 23 August 2019

Body of missing fisherman is found in bay

Rescue 115 (Stock photo)
Rescue 115 (Stock photo)

John Fallon

Rescue workers searching for a missing fisherman have recovered a body.

The identity of the man, in his 40s, who drowned in Galway Bay will not be released until members of his family have been informed.

The fisherman, who was from Galway city, lost his life in poor weather conditions on Wednesday night.

His body was found in Oranmore Bay shortly after noon yesterday, close to Galway Bay Golf & Country Cub in Renville, Co Galway.

It was taken to University Hospital Galway for a post-mortem examination.

The man's body was found about five nautical miles from where his boat was discovered late on Wednesday night.

The search for the missing fisherman resumed at 8.20am yesterday after the alarm was raised at 9.30pm on Wednesday when the man failed to return to Galway port.

He had left the port around 3pm to tend to lobster pots.

The rescue mission had to be called off due to severe weather in the early hours of yesterday morning but resumed again shortly after 8am.

Discovery

The man's anchored boat was discovered in the water near Silverstrand between Galway city and Barna.

The Rescue 115 helicopter from Shannon combed the area on Wednesday night along with lifeboat crews from Galway and the Aran Islands.

Local fishermen also took part in the search, which had to be called off at 3am due to the severe weather.

Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo joined the search yesterday morning and a body was taken from the water shortly before lunchtime.

Meanwhile, the search is continuing for a man who was seen entering the River Corrib close to the Quincentenary Bridge in Galway last week.

Irish Independent

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