Gardaí working to identify body recovered from sea

Gardaí working to identify body recovered from sea

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Gardaí are investigating the discovery of a body taken from the sea off Co Clare this afternoon.

The alarm was raised at around 3.45pm by the crew of a passenger ferry that had been touring the Cliffs of Moher.

Gardaí and the Irish Coast Guard were alerted and a recovery operation was mounted.

The ferry crew remained at the scene, keeping the body in sight, until the Doolin Coast Guard boat reached the location.

The body was recovered from the water at around 4.30pm and taken to the Coast Guard station at Doolin where Gardaí were waiting.

After being formally pronounced dead, the body was removed by hearse to University Hospital Limerick where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

It’s believed the body is that of a woman and may have been in the water for a number of days. The body was located about a kilometre west of Aill Na Searrach.

Gardaí at Ennistymon are investigating the discovery and are currently trying to identify the remains.

The recovery operation was mounted and coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre at Valentia 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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