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Body found on Aran Islands is that of man who fell into sea in Clare two weeks ago

The man was named locally as Russian national Andrey Maltsev.

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GARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED that a body discovered on rocks on one of the Aran Islands last Friday is that of a man who fell into the sea in Clare two weeks earlier.

The search for the 45-year-old Russian national, named locally as Andrey Maltsev, was stood down last night after gardaí confirmed they had formally identified the remains.

Maltsev, who had been living and working in Limerick, fell into the sea off rocks at the Blue Pool near Doonbeg on 16 September last. He had been shore angling with a friend when he fell.

Divers from the Naval Service and Garda Water Unit, along with members of five sub aqua clubs, carried out comprehensive searches over a number of days.

After diving operations had been completed, Coast Guard volunteers from Kilkee, Doolin, Kilalloe and Ballybunion in Kerry continued to undertake daily cliff and shoreline searches.

The Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter and Clare Civil Defence teams also assisted in the operation.

After a body was washed up on the shoreline at Inishman on Friday evening last, 40 kilometres due north of where he fell into the sea, the search for Maltsev continued until formal identification of the remains was confirmed.

After his body was removed to University Hospital Galway a postmortem examination was carried out. Maltsev’s body was identified from dental records.

The search was formally stood down last night after 18 days.

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