Sunday 21 January 2018

Major search as fears child is missing after woman’s body found on beach

The Coast Guard was involved in an operation to locate a man who drowned off the west Cork coast
The Coast Guard was involved in an operation to locate a man who drowned off the west Cork coast
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A MASSIVE search and rescue operation is underway in Co Donegal tonight after the remains of a woman were discovered on a beach with fears that a child was still missing.

A woman's body was discovered at Rockstown Harbour on the north east side of Lough Swilly yesterday evening by a passer-by.

Fears were heightened after gardai received reports that the women may have been seen in the company of a child earlier in the day.

The woman's body was taken from the sea near Clonmany at 5.30pm after the passer-by alerted gardai.

The Malin Head Coast Guard was immediately scrambled and began a search for the child, described as being around five-years-old, who was spotted with the woman earlier in the day.

The woman's car was discovered nearby the scene but no child was discovered.

Malin Head Coast Guard launched a full scale operation at 6.30pm after they alarm was raised.

“There were reports that the woman may have been travelling with a child earlier in the day. Until we receive confirmation that no child was present or find the child in question we will continue our search,” said a spokesperson for the Coastguard.

Two life boats from Lough Swilly and two Coastguard boats from Greencastle in Co Donegal were joined by the Sligo helicopter for the search. A shore search was also being carried out last night.

The woman was from the Derry area but had been living in Buncrana in Co Donegal. She was pronounced dead at the scene and her remains were removed to Letterkenny General Hospital.

A spokesperson for the gardai said the death was being treated as “a sudden death”. They added that investigations into the death were ongoing.

The PSNI are also assisting in the ongoing investigation.

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