Body of missing man located by fishermen

Body of missing man located by fishermen


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The body of a man, reported missing from his home on Wednesday, has been recovered from the Shannon Estuary off Co Clare.

The discovery was made by two fishermen early today while a search was ongoing for a 59-year-old man reported missing from Sixmilebridge in Clare. John O’Gorman, a popular and well known local man, was last seen on Wednesday evening and a search was mounted after he failed to return home.

His family and others had posted messages on social media asking anyone who saw Mr O’Gorman to contact Gardaí. Search teams met again in Sixmilebridge at 7.30am today and set out to see if they could find any trace of the missing man.

Members of Bunratty Search and Rescue also joined the search yesterday after being requested to by locals in Sixmilebridge.

While a search of the Ratty River and local areas was being conducted yesterday morning, two fisherman reported finding a body in the Shannon Estuary close to the Beeves Rock Lighthouse about 8 kilometres south west of Shannon Airport between counties Clare and Limerick.

It’s understood the two men were fishing out of Foynes in Co Limerick when they made the discovery.

After alerting Gardaí, members of Bunratty Search and Rescue made their way to the scene about 15 kilometres from their base. On arrival, they found that the fishermen had managed to hook the body and hold onto it against the running tide until the rescue boat arrived.

The body was taken on board the rescue craft and recovered to the slipway at Bunratty where Gardaí were waiting. Afterwards, the body was removed by hearse to University Hospital Limerick for a post-mortem examination.

A family member later confirmed on Facebook that Mr O’Gorman’s body have been located and thanked everyone for all their help.

Mr O’Gorman had been involved with local soccer club Bridge United as a player and later as manager. A cup final match between the club and Manus Celtic, due to be played last night (Friday), has been postponed as a mark of respect for the late Mr O’Gorman.

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.