Missing teenager found during major search

Missing teenager found during major search


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A 15-year-old boy reported missing in Co Clare earlier today has been found safe and well.

A major search operation was mounted this evening after the teenager was reported missing by his family. It’s understood the boy was last seen at around 4.45pm.

The teen’s family commenced an initial search, walking local roads and searching fields in the area where he was last seen. When there was no sign of the boy, his family notified Gardaí.

Gardaí alerted the Irish Coast Guard to request resources to assist in the search while other voluntary search and rescue groups were also contacted and asked to help.

The Killaloe unit of the Coast Guard was mobilised and established a command and control centre at the GAA field in Tulla from where they coordinated the search locally. The search was concentrated in the area around Kilkishen, O’Callaghan’s Mills and Bodyke in East Clare.

Volunteers from Limerick Land Search Team were also requested to assist – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

The recently commissioned UAS (unmanned aerial system) team from Doolin Coast Guard was also tasked to the scene. Members are specially trained in the use of drones to search for persons in daytime and at night.

Gardaí and Coast Guard mobile units searched roadways in the vicinity of where the boy was last seen while the Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter was also scrambled and was able to use its powerful lights and infra-red heat seeking equipment to search for the missing boy.

Volunteers from the Limerick Land Search Team also travelled to the scene while members of Tipperary Search and Rescue Group and the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) were on their way to the take part in the search when they were stood down.

The search was called off at around 9.30pm after the teen was found safe and well. It’s understood he was found walking along a road by a passing Garda patrol. He was taken to Tulla to be reunited with his family.

Killaloe Coast Guard volunteers set up their command and control unit in Tulla
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.