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Body found in search for elderly farmer in Co Kerry

Jim Keane, aged 70, had been missing since Monday.

Image: Ballybunion Rescue via Facebook

Updated at 7.40pm 

A BODY HAS been found in the search for a missing farmer in Co Kerry.

Jim Keane, aged 70, from Lixnaw had been missing since Monday afternoon.

Last night, his tractor was recovered from the River Brick, which runs next to his land in Dysert.

Gardaí, the Valentia and Ballybunion Coast Guards and Ballybunion Search & Rescue have been taking part in a search operation in recent days.

It had been feared that the elderly farmer’s tractor slid into the river.

A body, understood to be that of the farmer, was discovered by divers this evening at around 5pm, a spokesperson for Mallow Search and Rescue, which also took part in the search, confirmed tonight.

Weather conditions in the area were calm as the search took place, he said, although the visibility in the water was “near zero”.

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The body was taken from the scene by ambulance and has yet to be formally identified.

- with reporting by Daragh Brophy 

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