Missing man found safe after search

Missing man found safe after search


The search was called off after the man was found safe and well – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

The search for a man feared missing in a large wooded area in Co Clare was called off last night after he was found safe and well.

A search was mounted after Gardaí located a car at Gragan’s Wood close to the N67 road between Lisdoonvarna and Ballyvaughan. Gardaí requested assistance from the Irish Coast Guard to help search a large forested area.

The operation involved Gardaí, the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard, Clare Civil Defence and the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115.

Volunteer members of a specialist UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) search team from Clare Civil Defence were joined by other drone operators from search and rescue software development company DroneSAR.

After the helicopter had departed the scene, a number of drones were launched in an effort to locate the man.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Another Civil Defence UAV team was dispatched from Tipperary while a K9 search dog unit was sent from Dublin. A HSE ambulance also attended the scene for a time.

Ground teams had to negotiate thick forest and rough terrain in search of the man. Conditions in the area at the time were poor with heavy rain and poor visibility at times.

Conditions in the area at the time were poor with heavy rain and poor visibility at times – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

At around 9.00pm, a male was located by a Garda close to where the search was being coordinated from. He was assessed at the scene by Civil Defence first responders and while said to be wet and tired, he was otherwise well.

The search was later stood down.

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.