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Coast Guard working to recover body of Finnish student after Achill cliff fall

The 22-year-old man plunged from a cliff at Achill yesterday afternoon and Coast Guard teams are still trying to recover his body. The search has been called off until 7am tomorrow.

File photo of the Irish coast guard.
File photo of the Irish coast guard.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Updated Friday, 8.08pm

THE SEARCH FOR the body of the 22-YEAR-OLD Finnish student who plunged to his death from an Achill Island cliff yesterday afternoon has been called off for the night.

The young man fell over the cliff at Atlantic Drive at midday yesterday. He was with a female friend at the time and she raised the alarm by calling into a local house.

The Achill Lifeboat, Achill Coast Guard Unit and the Coast Guard helicopter from Sligo immediately began to conduct a search.

A spokesman from the Malin Head Coast Guard told TheJournal.ie tonight that the rescue teams could see his body at numerous times over the past two days but could not reach him due to inclement sea and weather conditions.

The teams have located the man’s body but have not yet been able to recover it. They have attempted recouping it by helicopter and by sea but the conditions are unsafe.

The victims parents are in Finland and have been informed of the tragic accident.

The search will resume at 7am on Saturday.

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