Body recovered in Galway Bay fisherman search

Body recovered in Galway Bay fisherman search


The Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat in Oranmore Bay this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The search for a fisherman reported overdue last night has been stood down after a body was found this afternoon.

The alarm was raised at around 9.30pm last night when the man was reported not to have returned to shore after an afternoon fishing. A search and rescue operation was mounted and an unmanned boat was soon located.

The Galway and Aran Islands RNLI lifeboats were launched while the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 also assisted in the search until it was stood down at around 1.00am.

The operation resumed at first light this morning with both lifeboats continuing searches of Galway Bay. The Costello Bay unit of the Irish Coast Guard joined in the search which also involved the Sligo based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 118.

The Aran Islands and Galway RNLI lifeboat in Oranmore Bay this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Volunteers from the Doolin unit of the Coast Guard were also requested to assist by carrying out shore searches from Finavarra to Parkmore. Gardaí were also involved in the operation.

At around midday today, the skipper of one of several local fishing boats which had also been assisting in the search, reported seeing something on the shoreline near Rinville.

A body was located on the shore in Oranmore Bay about 8 kilometres east of where the empty fishing boat was discovered last night. The remains were recovered from the water and taken back to Galway Docks from where they were transported to University Hospital Galway for a post-mortem examination.

The search which was co-ordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre at Valentia in Kerry.


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.