Thursday 26 April 2018

Missing hiker's body is found as search for diver goes on

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Alan O'Keeffe

The body of a hiker has been recovered by emergency service workers on the Derryveagh Mountains in Co Donegal.

It is believed the man died as a result of a fall.

A spokesperson for Malin Head Coast Guard said that the man's body was found by members of the Rescue 118 helicopter team yesterday.

The man was reported missing on Saturday night after he failed to return from his hike.

Derryveagh Mountains. Photo: Donegal Mountain Rescue / Facebook
Derryveagh Mountains. Photo: Donegal Mountain Rescue / Facebook

He was last seen on Thursday when he set out on his hike.

He had told friends that he had planned to trek through the Sliabh Sneachta area.

His car was found parked at Loch Barra on the western outskirts of Glenveagh National Park.

A major search was launched with members of Donegal Mountain Rescue, Sligo-Leitrim Mountain Rescue, North West Mountain Rescue and a Rescue 118 helicopter.

The body was located by the Coast Guard helicopter crew and the victim's location was reported to gardaí.

Meanwhile, the search for a missing diver off the coast of Co Donegal is expected to continue today.

The diver, who is a Canadian national, was part of a group diving around 17 miles north of Fanad Head Lighthouse on Saturday.

The group was taking part in a 65-metre deep dive to shipwrecks.

Malin Head Coast Guard Station received contact that the diver was missing before 4pm on Saturday.

Both the Lough Swilly lifeboat and the Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo, supported by a number of local boats, took part in the search for several hours.

The search was stood down as light faded on Saturday night but resumed again at 6am yesterday.

A specialist dive vessel arrived on site at 2pm yesterday and a number of divers searched the area where the missing diver was last seen.

A further dive, co-ordinated by the specialist vessel, was taking place yesterday evening.

Spokesman for the Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat Joe Joyce confirmed search efforts are ongoing.

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