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Navy and garda divers drafted in to search for missing Dutch man

The man was last seen on 8 February when he went out for a walk with a friend on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula in West Cork.


Navy divers at the scene (Irish Naval Service/Facebook)

THE SEARCH FOR a missing Dutch man who went missing last week is continuing today off the Sheep’s Head Peninsula in West Cork.

Two men, both from The Netherlands, were reported missing after they failed to return home from a walk on Saturday 8 February.

The body of one of the men was recovered from an inlet on the peninsula by helicopter on last Monday.

Stormy weather conditions led to the effort being stood down a number of times over the last few days.


Sheep’s Head search area. (Castletownbere Coast Guard/Facebook)

Yesterday, Castletownbere Coast Guard said that a smaller-scale search operation was carried out at Sheep’s Head. The Castletownbere crew had planned to carry out a low-water search at Bantry Bay yesterday, however, the heavy swell in the area prevented the boat from entering any coves.

Instead, two members of the team and the Search and Rescue Dog Association  assisted with shoreline searching along with Goleen and Toe Head coast guard teams. Navy ship LÉ Eithne also carried out water searches, but there were still no sightings of the man.


A map of the search area. (Rescue 115 – Waterford-based CG helicopter)

Speaking to the coast guard today, they said that the navy divers are now in the area and have started to assess the dive area. The garda divers are due to arrive at the scene later today to assist in the search.

A spokesperson for the coast guard said that the weather has hampered the search. He said the area in which they want to search requires calmer seas if they are going to use the dive teams, which he said would hopefully happen today, if conditions are suitable.

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