Search continues for missing shore angler

Search continues for missing shore angler

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The search has resumed at the Blue Pool near Doonbeg for a man who was washed into the sea early on Saturday.

The man, understood to be a Russian national in his 40s, was reported missing at around 9.00am on Saturday.

A major search and rescue operation was mounted that has to date involved Irish Coast Guard units from Kilkee, Doolin and Killaloe.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter has also been involved in the operation.

Divers from a number of sub aqua clubs carried out searches yesterday morning and afternoon and were joined by members of the Garda Water Unit.

A total of 29 personnel including divers, boat crew and shore marshals were involved. These included members of Burren, Kilkee, Ennis, Limerick and Lough Derg sub aqua clubs.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Coast Guard volunteers carried out shore searches for a time after diving had concluded yesterday.

Diving resumed this morning after weather conditions improved. There had been a heavy fog in the area from early morning.

Members of Clare Civil Defence are also due to join the effort.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017
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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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