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Body recovered in search for missing fisherman off Skerries

The man has been named locally as 28-year-old Jamie McAlister.

Onlookers as the search persisted into the evening at Skerries harbour yesterday
Onlookers as the search persisted into the evening at Skerries harbour yesterday
Image: Brian Lawless PA Wire/PA Images

Updated 3.45pm

THE BODY OF a man has been recovered after a major search operation following the capsizing of a boat at Skerries Harbour yesterday.

A spokesperson for the Irish Coast Guard confirmed to that the body of a man was recovered before 11am, around 500 metres from the Skerries pier.

The man has since been named locally as Jamie McAlister (28) from Mourne View.

Another fisherman, who was rescued from the water, is recovering in hospital.

The Defence Forces said that they’ve stood down Naval and Air Corps services that were aiding search efforts after the body was found this morning.

Search efforts

The Coast Guard spokesperson said that the search began at 6.30am today.

The naval vessel LÉ Niamh helped to coordinate what the spokesperson called a “low water search”.

Also assisting were units from the Howth Coast Guard, the Skerries Coast Guard, the Clogherhead Coast Guard, RNLI units and the Rescue 116 helicopter.

Divers from the Garda Water Unit are also at the search area.

The search for the man was suspended last night, after intensive efforts from RNLI lifeboats, local fishermen and the Coast Guard.

The boat is believed to have been around 100 metres from the harbour when it ran into difficulty. A member of the public raised the alarm, when they saw the boat capsize.

Local RNLI lifeboat crews attended the scene and managed to rescue one of the men.

He is recovering in hospital.

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