Search to resume for missing man

Search to resume for missing man


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter was involved in the search – File Image: © Pat Flynn 2015

A search will resume this morning for a man believed to have fallen from a cliff in Co Clare.

The alarm was raised early on Monday afternoon after tourists discovered a bag with some personal property on the cliff edge close to Hags Head at the southern end of the Cliffs of Moher.

The bag was taken to the visitor centre at the Cliffs of Moher and handed over to staff who raised the alarm.

Gardaí travelled to the area and discovered a car which they traced back to a man in his 30’s understood to be from Co Tipperary but living in Clare.

Gardaí contacted the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue coordination centre on Valentia Island in Kerry requesting assistance with a search of the area.

The Doolin and Kilkee units of the Coast Guard were requested to travel to the area where both land and sea searches were carried out.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Doolin and Kilkee units of the Irish Coast Guard have been involved in the search – File Image: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was also requested to carry out an aerial search. When nothing was found by late evening the search was stood down.

Coast Guard volunteers and Gardaí gathered again yesterday to resume the search while the search and rescue helicopter also carried out further sweeps at low tide late yesterday evening.

Members of the missing man’s family also travelled to the area yesterday.

The search was expected to resume early today.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.