Thursday 22 August 2019

Body found in search for missing fisherman in Galway

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

John Fallon

Rescue workers searching for a missing fisherman in Galway Bay have found a body.

The body was discovered shortly after midday near Renville in Oranmore, several kilometres from where the missing fisherman’s boat was discovered.

The body of the man has not been identified. Rescue workers are also searching for a man who was seen entering the River Corrib over a week ago.

The search for the missing fisherman resumed at 8.20am this morning after the alarm was raised at 9.30pm last night when the local man failed to return to Galway port.

It had to be called off due to severe weather in the early hours of this morning but resumed again shortly after 8am.

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

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

Rescue 115 from Shannon combed the area last 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 this morning and a body was taken from the water shortly before lunchtime.

The man’s body has been taken to University College Hospital for a post mortem.

The search which was co-ordinated by Valentia Rescue Centre working with local Gardaí, involved Coast Guard Unit from Costello Bay, RNLI Lifeboat crews from Galway and Aran Island, Coast Guard Rescue Helicopters based in Shannon and Sligo.

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