Search for body to resume tomorrow

Search for body to resume tomorrow


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

A search will resume tomorrow for a body reportedly spotted in the sea off the Clare coast.

The body was observed on the surface below the Cliffs of Moher at around 3.30pm on Saturday.

Gardaí and the Irish Coast Guard were alerted and a search operation was quickly mounted.

Weather conditions prevented the Coast Guard from reaching the body which later disappeared below the surface.

The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 carried out sweeps of the area on Saturday and again on this morning.

Conditions hadn’t improved enough today for the Coast Guard to launch their boats however the larger Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat was able to join the search for a time.

There was however no sign of the body in the water today.

Doolin Coast Guard members are expected to resume the search early tomorrow.

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.