Latest: Rescue workers find a body in search for missing fisherman in Galway Bay

Update 1.21pm: Rescue workers searching for a missing fisherman in Galway Bay have found a body.

The body was discovered shortly after midday near Renville in Oranmore, several kilometres from where the missing fisherman’s boat was discovered.

The body of the man has not been identified. Rescue workers are also searching for a man who was seen enterting the River Corrib over a week ago.

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The search for the missing fisherman resumed at 8.20am this morning after the alarm was raised at 9.30pm last night when the local man failed to return to Galway port.

It, had to be called off due to severe weather in the early hours of this morning but resumed again shortly after 8am.

The man’s boat was discovered in the water near Silverstrand between Galway city and Barna.

He had left the port around 3pm to tend to lobster pots.

Rescue 115 from Shannon combed the area last night along with lifeboat crews from Galway and the Aran Islands.

Local fishermen also took part in the search, which had to be called off at 3am due to the severe weather.

Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo joined the search this morning and a body was taken from the water shortly before lunchtime.

The man’s body has been taken to University College Hospital for a post mortem.

Earlier: Fears growing for safety of missing Galway fisherman

Fears are growing for the safety of a fisherman in Galway Bay who has been missing since yesterday afternoon, writes John Fallon.

A search for the fisherman, who left Galway docks yesterday, had to be called off due to severe weather in the early hours of this morning but resumed again shortly after 8am.

The man’s boat was discovered in the water near Silverstrand between Galway city and Barna but an extensive search for the fisherman has so far proved unsuccessful.

The man, who is from Galway, left the port around 3pm to tend to lobster pots.

Rescue 115 from Shannon combed the area last night along with lifeboat crews from Galway and the Aran Islands.

Local fishermen also took part in the search, which had to be called off at 3am due to the severe weather.

Harbour Master Capt. Brian Sheridan said that the alarm was raised around 9.30pm last night when the fisherman failed to return.

“The Coastguard tasked the Galway Lifeboat, the Aran Lifeboat and the Shannon Rescue 115. They continued searching Galway Bay, particularly the north shore, until 3am.

“The vessel was found near Silverstrand and was taken into Galway. The search resumed at 8.20am this morning, the helicopter is flying over the bay and the Aran Lifeboat, the Galway Lifeboat and the inshore fishing fleet are out searching,” he said.

Earlier: Search is underway for a missing fisherman in Galway Bay.

A search is underway for a missing fisherman in Galway Bay.

The alarm was raised yesterday evening when a fishing boat left the Docks in Galway city around 3pm but did not return.

It is believed one man was on board at the time.

Aran Lifeboat was dispatched to the area and recovered the boat last night but no-one was on board.

The Coastguard helicopter and lifeboat crews have resumed a search of the area this morning.


 

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