Civil Defence to take over missing man search

Civil Defence to take over missing man search

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

Clare Civil Defence will assume responsibility for coordinating the search for missing Clare man David McMahon.

The volunteer service has been asked to take over the operation by the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter Rescue 115 will rejoin the search effort while the Garda Water Unit is also expected at the scene today.

Mr McMahon, a school teacher in Ennis, has been missing since he left his home in Lissycasey last Friday.

Hundreds of civilian volunteers including family, friends and work colleagues have been assisting in the search in recent days.

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

Civil Defence personnel have been involved in the search since Saturday when they first deployed drone technology in an effort to locate Mr McMahon.

From today, Clare Civil Defence will coordinate the search operation on the ground in Kilkee.

Tragedy befell the effort yesterday when one member of the Irish Coast Guard lost her life and two others were injured when their boat capsized.

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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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