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Major search launched after fisherman swept into the sea in Clare

It’s understood the man in his forties was fishing in the Pulleen Bay near Doonbeg.

Emergency services at the scene near Doonbeg in Co Clare this morning.
Emergency services at the scene near Doonbeg in Co Clare this morning.

A LAND, AIR and sea search is underway after a fisherman was reported to have been swept into the sea in Co Clare this morning.

It’s understood the man in his 40s was fishing in the Pulleen Bay near Doonbeg.

A second man is believed to have raised the alarm at around 9am. Gardaí and the Irish Coast Guard were alerted and a major search was launched.

The Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter was sent to the scene while the Kilkee and Doolin units of the Coast Guard were also tasked.

The helicopter has been carrying searches along the coast between Kilkee and Doonbeg while boats are also searching Pulleen Bay.

Coast Guard volunteers and Gardaí are combing the cliff top and shoreline in search of any trace of the man.

The search is being coordinated by the staff at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre in Valentia.

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