Body recovered during search for missing woman

Body recovered during search for missing woman


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A body has been recovered during the search for a missing woman in Co Clare.

A search operation as mounted last night for a woman in her 40s who is understood to be have been visiting Ireland from Australia.

She was reported missing in the vicinity of the Cliffs of Moher at around 11.00pm. Gardaí mounted an initial search and requested assistance from the Irish Coast Guard.

Volunteers from the Doolin unit of the volunteer service travelled to the scene and carried out a cliff top search while the Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was also tasked.

The search was stood down at around 3.30am when no trace of the woman was found. It’s understood that some personal belongings were found on the cliff walking trail.

During a follow-up coastline search at first today, a body was spotted at the base of the cliffs at Aill Na Searrach.

The Naval Service Diving Section was called in to assist with the recovery operation.

Naval divers and Coast Guard volunteers travelled to the scene by boat at around 3.10pm. Four divers swam ashore, secured a body which they safely recovered to the Coast Guard boat.

The body was transported to the Coast Guard station in Doolin where Gardaí were waiting. The remains were later taken by hearse to University Hospital Limerick for formal identification and post-mortem examination.

A Garda spokesman confirmed they are investigating all the circumstances of the death but at this early stage, don’t believe there’s anything suspicious.

Gardaí have also been liaising with the family of the missing woman but will wait for formal identification of the body before confirming whether it’s her.


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.