Body discovered during diving exercise

Body discovered during diving exercise


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
The discovery was made by members of the Bureen Sub Aqua Club – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Gardaí are investigating the discovery of a body in the sea off Co Clare this afternoon.

Members of the Burren Sub Aqua Club, accompanied by a diver from Limerick Sub Aqua Club, had been on exercise near the Cliffs of Moher at around 3.00pm.

During one of their dives, two members of the Clare based Burren club made the discovery in about 25m of water.

The area where the body was found was marked while the divers returned to the surface and raise the alarm. Gardaí and the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard were alerted.

Two divers, one from each of the clubs, undertook another dive to recover the body to the surface.

Doolin Coast Guard Boat
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The remains were transferred to a Coast Guard rescue boat and taken back to Doolin station. The body was later removed to University Hospital Limerick where a postmortem examination is expected to be carried out.

The body is believed to be that of a woman and may have been in the water some time.

Gardaí are investigating the discovery and are attempting to establish an identity for the person.

Meanwhile, as efforts to recover the body were continuing, Coast Guard volunteers were alerted to an emergency on the coastal path at the top of Cliffs of Moher.

Coast Guard personnel were requested to assist in locating a man in his 60’s feared to have suffered a stroke or heart attack.

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

Volunteers raced to the scene while an ambulance was also alerted. Coast Guard personnel were requested to assist as the location of the incident, about 300m south of the main viewing platform, is not accessible by vehicles.

The casualty was located and recovered to the visitor centre at the Cliffs of Moher from where he was airlifted to hospital by the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115.


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.