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Dublin: 4 °C Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Body found off west Cork coast after search for missing fisherman

The local man who was in his 60s was reported missing yesterday.

File photo of a coast guard helicopter.
File photo of a coast guard helicopter.
Image: DTTAS

Updated 12.20 pm 

A BODY HAS been recovered in the search for a fisherman off the west Cork coast.

The man who was from the local area and was aged in his 60s was found this morning at about 11.15am after a search which began yesterday.

The man had gone fishing near Schull at 11am yesterday and was reported missing around 7.30pm.

The last sighting of him was at about 2.30pm yesterday afternoon.

A subsequent search found his boat, but not him, off the coast of Schull.

A multi-agency search was launched for the man last night, involving RNLI lifeboats from Baltimore and Schull, the Coast Guard helicopter and naval vessel the LÉ Orla.

Speaking this morning on Morning Ireland, Gerard O’Flynn of the Coast Guard said that weather conditions were “reasonably good” at the time the fisherman went missing.

The search was called off for the man at about 1.30am last night and it resumed this morning at 6am.

Just over five hours later his body was discovered in Goleen Bay and was brought back to shore by a crew from Baltimore RNLI.

- With reporting by Rónán Duffy

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