Search mounted after clothing found in Shannon

Search mounted after clothing found in Shannon


 Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
The Kilrush RNLI lifeboat searching off Shannon Airport – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

A multi-agency search operation was mounted yesterday after ‘neatly piled clothing’ was discovered close to Shannon Airport.

The alarm was raised at around 2.00pm when walkers made the discovery at Drumgeely. The clothing was found near a culvert in the Shannon Industrial Estate.

Gardaí were alerted and went to the scene where they located the clothing which was removed in evidence bags. As a precaution, Gardaí requested search and rescue services to mount a search of the area.

Members of Bunratty Search and Rescue walked the bank of the culvert and later deployed a kayak to undertake a more detailed search.

The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter search the Estuary shoreline but found no trace of any person.

The Kilrush RNLI lifeboat also travelled to the area where volunteers undertook a comprehensive search.

Gardaí confirmed that clothing had been found near Drumgeely however they had no report of any person missing in the area.

“As a precaution we asked search and rescue services to survey the area with a view to locating a possible missing person,” a spokesman said.

By 7.00pm, when nothing had been found and no information about a possible missing person had become available, the search was stood down.

Members of Bunratty Search and Rescue have carried out several further searches since.

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.