Naval divers and Coast Guard recover body at Cliffs of Moher

Naval divers and Coast Guard recover body at Cliffs of Moher

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The body of a woman has been recovered from the base of a cliff in Co Clare after she was seen falling to her death yesterday.

Naval divers were flown in to assist the Irish Coast Guard with the recovery operation this afternoon.

The alarm was raised shortly after 1.00pm yesterday when emergency services received a report of a woman falling from the cliff at the Cliffs of Moher.

It’s understood the woman is a non-Irish national who had been living in Dublin.

The Doolin unit of the Coast Guard was alerted while the Shannon based helicopter Rescue 115 was also dispatched to the scene. Volunteer members of the Kilkee and Killaloe units of the Coast Guard were also sent to the area to assist.

The body was located on rocks close to the cliff face making it impossible for the helicopter crew to make a safe recovery.

The incoming tide prevented Coast Guard members recovering the body, an operation that would have taken several hours.

A decision was made to secure the body above the waterline beneath the cliff and attempt a recovery today.

A team of divers from the Naval Service Diving Section was flown from Haulbowline in Cork to Doolin by the Irish Air Corps.

Naval divers arriving in Doolin this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

The body was recovered by the divers and members of the Coast Guard and taken to Doolin station. The body was later removed to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem will be carried.

Gardaí have confirmed that they are treating the death as a personal tragedy and that they will prepare a file for a coroner’s inquest which will be held at a later date

The operation was coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.

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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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