Missing Inagh man found alive following search

Missing Inagh man found alive following search


Locals also helped in the search effort – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A man missing from his home in Co Clare since Saturday is recovering in hospital after he was found by search teams this evening.

50-year-old James Shannon was last seen at around 1.00am on Saturday and is understood to have been unaware of the massive search for him or the nationwide garda appeal made earlier today for assistance locating him.

He was found this evening at around 7.45pm by locals who had been searching lands near the missing man’s home.

Gardaí, Civil Defence volunteers and over 100 locals had been searching for Mr Shannon after his parents had expressed concern for his safety.

Mr Shannon, who lived alone, is known to have been in daily telephone contact with his parents and that they raised the alarm when they hadn’t heard from him.

Clare Civil Defence deployed small unmanned aircraft (SUA) during the search. The drones can cover larger and inaccessible areas while footage can be viewed from a mobile control unit.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

As over one hundred locals, wearing high visibility jackets, continued their search of the area tonight, word began to filter through that Mr Shannon had been located.

Civil Defence paramedics treated the man at the scene until National Ambulance Service paramedics arrived. Mr Shannon was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

Gardaí have thanked Clare Civil Defence and members of the public who had assisted in the search.

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.