Search continues for missing Dublin man

Search continues for missing Dublin man

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
The search is being coordinated by Doolin Coast Guard – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The search for a Dublin man feared to have fallen to his death at the Cliffs of Moher of Co Clare will continue today.

Gardaí and members of the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard have been searching for the man in his late 50’s who was reported missing on Tuesday.

Additional Coast Guard resources will be deployed today and over the weekend while members of the missing man’s family have also travelled to Clare.

Other family members and friends of the man are also expected to take part in searches in the coming days.

The man was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon by his family after they became concerned for his wellbeing.

A car was spotted in the carpark at the Cliffs of Moher on Tuesday night and the alarm was raised when it was still in the same location on Wednesday morning. It’s understood this was the car the man was last seen driving.

Gardaí were notified and carried out an initial search but found no trace of the man so the Irish Coast Guard was asked to mount a more thorough search of the area.

The Doolin unit of the volunteer service was alerted and teams were sent to the cliffs to commence a land based search. Members of the Killaloe unit of the service also travelled to west Clare to assist in the search.

The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter also carried out a search of the coastline.

Searches continued until dusk yesterday before being called off for a second night. The operation was expected to resume early today (Friday).

Irish Coast Guard officer-in-charge in Doolin Mattie Shannon said: “Searches continued during the day [Thursday] and we were joined by members from Killaloe Coast Guard. Members from Kilkee will join us at the weekend.”

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Doolin Coast Guard officer-in-charge Mattie Shannon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

“We have been concentrating our searches on land and along the coastline however there has been no trace of the man. We will continue the search in the coming days,” Mr Shannon added.

Gardaí have appealed to anyone with information about the missing man or any who might have seen him in the area of the Cliffs of Moher to come forward.

Gardaí said there would have been a lot of tourists in the area during the day on Tuesday and have asked that anyone who might have seen the missing man to contact Ennistymon station on 065 707 2180.

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