Body found in search for missing man

Body found in search for missing man

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

A body has been recovered during the search for a missing man since Saturday.

The discovered was made at around 11.20am today at Quay Island in the Shannon Estuary south of Bunratty.

A multi-agency search was mounted on Saturday afternoon amid concerns for a local man in his 50’s.

The locally based Bunratty Search and Rescue unit launched a search of the area assisted by dozens of locals

On Sunday morning, the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter joined the search.

Volunteers from the Killaloe, Doolin and Kilkee units of the Irish Coast Guard were also brought in to help.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Locals helping in the search for the missing man – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Later, members of Clare Civil Defence and the Limerick Land Search Team joined the operation while the Kilrush RNLI lifeboat was also tasked to the scene to carry out a water search.

The search was called off this morning following confirmation that a body had been located by members of Bunratty Search and Rescue Unit.

The body, believed to be that of a man, was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor and later removed to University Hospital Limerick where a postmortem will take place.

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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.

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