Thursday 14 November 2019

Cliffs search ongoing for missing man

An Irish Coast Guard helicopter
An Irish Coast Guard helicopter

Pat Flynn

Poor underwater conditions forced garda divers to suspend efforts to locate the body of a man feared to have fallen from cliffs in Co Clare.

Efforts were expected to resume early today – with Irish Coast Guard volunteers searching the sea at the base of the Cliffs of Moher for a fourth consecutive day.

The alarm was raised late on Sunday night when gardai requested Irish Coast Guard to undertake a search of the area in the vicinity of the world famous tourist attraction.

Gardai also located a car parked locally and became concerned for the well-being of its driver.

Search teams undertook a more comprehensive operation on Monday with Doolin Coast Guard personnel and gardai combing the clifftop while rescue boats were launched to carry out a sea search.

Underwater searches have been carried out in the area beneath the cliffs however nothing was found.

Garda divers returned to the area early yesterday, however poor underwater conditions hampered their efforts.

The operation is being coordinated by gardai and staff at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue coordination centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.

Irish Independent

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