Gardai probe possible link in sea-death cases
Gardai in Co Clare were investigating yesterday whether the discovery of a man's body in the sea near the Cliffs of Moher on Friday is linked with the death of a well-known German pianist.
The second body was spotted in the sea at the base of the 700-ft high cliffs by an American couple taking photographs. The alarm was raised at around 1.30pm when the couple notified staff at the cliffs that they saw what they believed to be a body in the water below.
The body was recovered from the water at around 2.30pm by the crew of the ICG rescue boat just below O'Brien's Tower. The remains were taken back to Doolin Pier before being removed to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick where a post-mortem examination will be carried out. It is understood that the body had been in the water for at least a week.
Given the length of time the body was in the water, gardai say they have not ruled out a link between the discovery and the death of a German musician whose body was found in the sea near Kilkee Saturday a week earlier. The body of 45-year-old freelance pianist and composer Christian Glinz from Berlin was recovered from the water at Intrinsic Bay near Kilkee after it was spotted by two women who had been out walking.
A search had been mounted two days earlier after a rental car was found abandoned near the Cliffs of Moher. It is thought that Mr Glinz's body drifted up to 40km from where the vehicle was discovered on a country road at Derreen just south of Moher.
Gardai are investigating if the two men had been travelling together.