Search for missing fisherman called off

Search for missing fisherman called off


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The crew of Rescue 115 were forced to abandon an attempt to reach the trawler – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The search for a fisherman who fell overboard from a trawler in the North Atlantic yesterday has been stood down.

It’s understood that the 46-year-old man fell from the German registered Spanish fishing trawler at around 4.30pm.

The trawler was 180 nautical miles (330 kms) west of Co Clare at the time.

A search and rescue operation was mounted by staff at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue coordination centre on Valentia Island in Kerry after they were alerted to the incident.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter attempted to reach the scene but was forced to turn around by bad weather.

An Air Corps CASA maritime patrol aircraft was however able to continue to the area and spent several hours assisting with the search.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
An Air Corps CASA aircraft was involved in he search on Monday night and today – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Air Corps crew returned to the scene this morning however the bad weather again prevented the helicopter from participating in the search today.

The CASA was stood down at around 2.30 this afternoon after no trace of the missing man was found.

The trawler crew, who continued to look for their colleague through the night, called of their search a short time ago and are now understood to be returning to Spain.

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.