Aran Islands body was man missing from Blue Pool

Aran Islands body was man missing from Blue Pool

SHARE

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Gardaí have confirmed that a body discovered on rocks on one of the Aran Islands last Friday is that of a man who fell into the sea in Clare two weeks earlier.

The search for the 45-year-old Russian national, named locally as Andrey Maltsev, was stood down last night after gardaí confirmed they had formally identified the remains.

Mr Maltsev, who had been living and working in Limerick, fell into the sea off rocks at the notorious Blue Pool near Doonbeg on September 16th last. He had been shore angling with a friend when tragedy struck.

Divers from the Naval Service and Garda Water Unit, along with members of five sub aqua clubs, carried out comprehensive searches over a number of days.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

After diving operations had been completed, Coast Guard volunteers from Kilkee, Doolin, Kilalloe and Ballybunion in Kerry continued to undertake daily cliff and shoreline searches.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter and Clare Civil Defence teams also assisted in the operation.

While a body was washed up on the shoreline at Inishmaan on Friday evening last, 40kms due north of where he fell into the sea, the search continued in Co Clare until formal identification of the remains was confirmed.

A postmortem examination was carried out at University Hospital Galway and following tests, the identity of the body was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon. Gardaí from Kilrush travelled to Limerick to inform the victim’s family.

The search had been going on for 18 days.

SHARE
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.

NO COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY