Search for tourists continues in Kilkee

Search for tourists continues in Kilkee


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CCTV footage of the missing couple has been released by the Garda Press Office

The search for two tourists feared missing in Kilkee since the weekend is continuing.

Gardaí at Kilrush have issued an appeal for assistance in establishing the whereabouts of the two Japanese nationals who have not been seen since Saturday.

Eiji Takagi, a 63-year-old man with joint American & Japanese Nationality and Ms Ushio Azaki (61) a Japanese national, are known to have checked out of a hotel in Spanish Point on Saturday morning.

Their hired car was found parked in a car park at Georges Head car park, Kilkee. Co Clare, it is believed this car was parked there shortly after 9pm on Saturday.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The couple’s car being removed from the carpark last night – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Gardaí have confirmed that the pair were due to take a flight from Shannon Airport on Monday to Heathrow Airport for onward connection to Tokyo, Japan but failed to show up for this flight.

Members of the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard have been carrying out land searches since around 5.15pm yesterday while the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter has also carried out sweeps of the area.

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Members of Kilkee and Doolin Coast Guard units launch their boats for a search – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Volunteers from the Doolin unit of the service have also arrived in the Kilkee to assist in the search.

Three rescue boats were launched last night and conducted water based searches of the area.

Irish Coast Guard Officer in Charge Martony Vaughan confirmed that further assets will be requested and mobilised if required.

“Conditions were good last night and are good this morning but the weather is expected to deteriorate as the day goes on. We will continue to search as long as conditions allow,” Mr Vaughan added.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information in relation to the whereabouts of these people or to any person who may have seen their car prior to its finding in Kilkee ( A red Hyundai 151-D23003) to contact Kilrush Garda Station on 065 908 0550, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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.