Search for missing man resumes off Blackhead

Search for missing man resumes off Blackhead

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Update:

Tuesday, 9.45am – The Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat joined the search this morning while Coast Guard volunteers resumed their searches of the coastline.

Members of Costello Bay Coast Guard have also been searching on the Galway coastline.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Earlier: A search is expected to resume this morning for an elderly man reported missing in Co Clare yesterday.

An air, land and sea search was mounted last night amid concerns for the man whose car was found close to Blackhead Lighthouse in the north of the county.

The search was concentrated in the area around the lighthouse where the man’s car was found last night. It’s understood however that the car may have been there for most of the day.

After the car was located, Gardaí requested assistance from the Irish Coast Guard to carry out a search of the area. Watch officers at the Coast Guard’s marine rescue coordination centre on Valentia Island in Kerry mounted a search operation at around 8.00pm.

Volunteers from the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard commenced a shoreline search while the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter used its powerful lights and FLIR (forwarding-looking infra-red) heat seeking equipment to search the water and shore.

The crew of Rescue 115 carried out a comprehensive search of the area – Imagery marinetraffic.com – Photo: © Pat Flynn

While there was no indication where the man might be, searches were carried along the main R477 coast road; north and south along the rocky coastline and in the area of Galway Bay around the lighthouse.

Later, some personal items, believed to belong to the missing man, were discovered on the shore close to the water by a Doolin Coast Guard search team. It’s understood the items included a set of walking sticks.

With no trace of the man being found, the search was stood down for the night but is expected to resume this morning.

The RNLI is also expected to join the search today.

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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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