Sunday 17 December 2017

Body of fisherman recovered after major search operation

Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture
Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

THE body of a fisherman has been recovered from the sea in Galway after a major air and sea rescue operation.

The alarm was raised at 2.30pm this afternoon by a neighbouring fisherman who came across the empty lobster boat and immediately raised the alarm. The boat was south of Tawn Island off Maree, Oranmore, south of Galway Bay.

The man, who was wearing his lifejacket, was discovered in the water at around 6.40pm.

The fisherman is understood to be a local man in his 60s.

He was transferred to University Hospital Galway where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

A major search had been initiated for the fisherman hours earlier.

Galway RNLI Lifeboat launched from Galway Docks and were joined by the Aran Island All weather RNLI Lifeboat, the Irish Coastguard Helicopter from Shannon and the Casla Bay Coastguard Lifeboat.

Within an hour they were joined in the search by nine local fishing boats from across the bay.

They started the search south of the bay and moved north where they concentrated their efforts in the last two hours.

The Aran Islands RNLI Lifeboat recovered the man about one mile west of Blackrock, Salthill.

It immediately transported him to Galway Harbour where the emergency services were waiting.

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