Saturday 25 November 2017

Hopes fade of finding teen alive after cliff fall

Olivia Kelleher

HOPES faded yesterday of finding a Scottish teenager alive after he was swept into the water by a freak wave while taking photos on a cliff.

However, naval and garda divers continued to comb the waters yesterday in a bid to trace the teenager's remains. The teenager, believed to be 19, was one of two men swept into the water at a place known locally as Spain in Baltimore, west Cork.

The alarm was raised at 8am on Saturday when the second man, who is also in his late teens, managed to make his way to a house.

The LE Roisin, Coast Guard, Baltimore Lifeboat and the Waterford and Shannon-based helicopter took part in the second day of the search yesterday, which was co-ordinated by Valentia Coast Guard.

The search was hazardous as it involved getting close into shore under steep cliffs. The teenager's name is being withheld as his relatives are understood to be making their way from Scotland to Ireland.

Irish Independent

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