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Irish Coast Guard

Search for Dutch man on Sheep's Head Peninsula called off after three weeks

The man was reported missing on 8 February after he went out for a walk with a friend.

AFTER THREE WEEKS of searching, the Irish Coast Guard announced over the weekend that the search for the Dutch man who went missing off Sheep’s Head Peninsula had come to an end.

Two men, both from The Netherlands, were reported missing after they failed to return home from a walk on 8 February.

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.


The body of one of the men was recovered from an “inaccessible location” by helicopter, but the search for the second man continued.

Due to the severe weather over the last couple of weeks the search was hampered by stormy weather, high winds and rough seas. The search had to be stood down a number of times.

Many people took part in the search which involved service men and women from the coast guard, the Search and Rescue Dog Association, the navy and gardaí divers as well as many members of the public.

Sheep’s Head Peninsula

The Irish Coast Guard said that on Saturday there was a low tide and the weather was finally good enough for search teams to climb down into the blow hole to check out the cave at Sheep’s Head.

However, nothing was found.

The Irish Coast Guard wrote on their Facebook page in relation to the search:

Hope never ends though that the bodies may yet be recovered.

RIP and a note of thanks to all the Coast Guard teams and sister agencies that took part over the last three weeks.

They thanked all those that helped in the search, adding: “Our prayers are with the family.”

Read: Search for missing Dutch man on Sheep’s Head Peninsula stood down for today>

Related:Search for missing man resumes on Sheep’s Head Peninsula>

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