Body recovered during coastal search

Body recovered during coastal search

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A body has been has been recovered during a search in Co Clare.

The discovery was made this morning by volunteers from the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard.

The alarm was first raised at around 3.30 on Saturday afternoon when a body was spotted in the sea off the Cliffs of Moher. Conditions at the time were too rough to launch a rescue boat and the search was called off as darkness fell.

A follow-up search on Sunday, which also involved the Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat and Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, failed to locate the body which was believed to have slipped beneath the waves.

Coast Guard personnel monitored weather conditions, tides and currents in the hope of estimating where the body might resurface.

Soon after the search resumed this morning, a Coast Guard land search team, accompanied by Gardaí, located a body on the shoreline close to Doolin village.

The body was recovered to Doolin Coast Guard station and later to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem examination will be carried out.

The body is believed to be that of a Polish national in her 30’s.

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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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