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New area searched for man whose dad and girlfriend died in Cork drowning

The man is believed to be in his 20s.

The Beacon at Baltimore harbour
The Beacon at Baltimore harbour
Image: Lapatia/Flickr/CC

Updated 6.40pm

THE SEARCH FOR a man whose father and girlfriend drowned off west Cork yesterday is moving to a new area this evening.

A team of naval divers were said to have joined the search for the man, believed to be in his 20s, earlier today.

The bodies of the man’s father and girlfriend were recovered from the water off Baltimore in west Cork yesterday evening.

They have been named locally as Barry Ryan, his son Barry Davis Ryan and Niamh O’Connor.

This evening, John Carney of the West Cork Underwater Search and Rescue told RTÉ Six One News that search and rescue staff talked to witnesses who pointed out where Barry Davis Ryan was last seen.

Searching in this area is due to get underway this evening. Carney said this is a new area which has not been searched before.

Weather conditions are said to be difficult.

One of the three had slipped into the water near the landmark the Beacon at the mouth of the harbour while walking yesterday. Two others entered the water, but also got into difficulty.

Baltimore RNLI received a call from a teenage girl at around 6:38pm and launched two lifeboats.

Two people, a man and a woman, were recovered but they died a short time later.

RTÉ reports that the men are members of a well-known local family.

- Additional reporting Aoife Barry

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