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Search for missing Dutch man on Sheep's Head Peninsula stood down for today

Bad weather conditions have hammered the search today.
Feb 13th 2014, 8:12 AM 5,521 0

Updated 16.00pm

THE SEARCH FOR a missing Dutch man has been stood down for the day due to poor sea and weather conditions, said the Irish Coast Guard.

A number of units of the Irish Coast Guard inspected the conditions at Sheep’s Head Peninsula in West Cork this morning to see if it was safe to resume the search for the man who has been missing since Saturday. The search resumed shortly after.

Two men, both from The Netherlands, were reported missing after they failed to return home from a walk on Saturday.

The body of one of the men was recovered from an “inaccessible location” by helicopter on Monday.

A coast guard spokesman told this morning that if conditions were too treacherous to resume the search today it would not go ahead or be called off. Overnight, he said, conditions were particularly bad with a swell of up to five metres.

Yesterday, the stormy weather conditions forced the gardaí to stand down the search operation and recommended that units do not engage in a search.

The Dutch men have been frequent visitors in the area and were staying in a house on the peninsula. The mother of one of the men reported them missing.

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