Search called off after body found in Galway

Search called off after body found in Galway


Irish Coast Guard volunteers from Doolin at the scene on Monday evening – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The search for a Belfast man reported missing in Co Clare on Monday has been called off following the discovery of a body in Galway this evening.

The body, believed to be that of a man, was found on a beach near Salthill at around 7.00pm.

Gardaí, the Coast Guard and Civil Defence had been searching for the 22-year-old man who failed to return to his tour bus on Monday afternoon.

The man had been travelling on the coach which at Ballyreen on the coast road between Fanore and Lisdoonvarna.

The man was last seen at about 12.30pm and the alarm raised at around 2.30pm when he hadn’t returned to his group at the designated time.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was involved in the search – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Following a request for assistance from Gardaí, the Irish Coast Guard mounted a land, sea and air search.

Volunteers from Clare Civil Defence joined the search at first light on Tuesday and launched a drone to scan the coastline, local beaches and surrounding lands.

Earlier this evening, a body was discovered near Salthill and Gardaí were notified.

The missing man’s family, who had travelled to Clare, have made their way to the morgue at University Hospital Galway where a formal identification of the body is expected to take place.

Meanwhile the search that had been continuing in Co Clare has been stood down.

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.