Body found in search for missing man

Body found in search for missing man


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A body has been recovered from the River Shannon during the search for a man missing from Limerick City.

The discovery was made at around 1.50 this afternoon by members of Bunratty Search and Rescue.

The search was mounted last Wednesday after a man was reported to have entered the river at Thomond weir in the city.

The initial search involved Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue and the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115.

Several volunteer search and rescue groups continued the search since the alarm was first raised.

River and shoreline searches were conducted while dive teams also took part in the operation. Staff at the ESB power station at Ardnacrusha in Clare facilitated the search by reducing the flow of water to ensure the safety of divers.

Members of the Limerick Land Search Team also took part in the search while Shannon Estuary Mud Search and Rescue team deployed a drone at the weekend as part of the operation.

Bunratty Search and Rescue Service had also been involved in the search and a team located a body from the River Shannon near Mungret at around 1.50 this afternoon.

The body, which has not been formally identified, was recovered from the water and taken to the boathouse in Bunratty where Gardaí from Shannon were waiting.

Formal identification and a post-mortem examination will take place at University Hospital Limerick.

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.