Search to resume for missing man

Search to resume for missing man


Gardaí and Coast Guard personnel at Ballyreen yesterday – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A search will resume this morning for a man who failed to return to his tour bus during a visit to Co Clare.

The man, believed to be in his early 20’s and from Northern Ireland, had been with a tour group however it’s not known whether he was travelling alone or with friends.

The bus had stopped on the coast road on the Wild Atlantic Way between Fanore and Lisdoonvarna at around 12.30pm.

When the young man had not returned to the coach at the assigned departure time, the coach driver waited to see of the man would turn up. The driver dropped the rest of his group to a hotel in Doolin before returning the Ballyreen to see whether the man had returned.

When there was no sign of him, the alarm was raised at around 2.30pm. Gardaí were informed and they carried out an initial search before requesting assistance from the Irish Coast Guard.

Volunteers from the Doolin unit responded to their station while others travelled directly to the scene to commence a search.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter carried out sweeps of the area as well as along cliff paths as far south as the Cliffs of Moher and north to Fanore.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The Doolin Coast Guard boat was launched and carried out a search parallel to the shore while land based teams walked to the cliff top and shoreline.

Other members travelled inland across the rocky Burren landscaped in case the man had gone for a walk a suffered a fall or got lost.

At around 5.00pm, as darkness fell, the search was called off for the night but was due to resume this morning.

The search is being coordinated by An Garda with the assistance to the Irish Coast Guard. Additional resources may be requested today if they are required.

Clare Civil Defence personnel are expected to join the operation today and will deploy drones in an effort to locate the man.

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.