Missing fisherman recovered in Schull

August 16th, 2016 5:42 PM

By Jackie Keogh

Baltimore RNLI's Alan Massey

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The body of a 69-year old fisherman was found off the West Cork coast on Tuesday morning.

A local fisherman located the body of the man, Michael John O’Brien, who was originally from Rossbrin, near Schull.

He had set out late on the morning of Monday, August 15th on a fishing trip and had plans to return by 6pm that evening.

When he failed to do so the alarm was raised and a major search operation involving numerous voluntary and professional crews – including the Baltimore offshore and inshore RNLI crews, the LÉ Orla, the Coast Guard Rescue helicopter, Goleen Coast Guard and the Schull Coastal Rescue Boat – was mounted.

Michael John O’Brien was last seen fishing at 2.30pm on Monday afternoon, but the search on Monday evening proved unsuccessful and was called off at about 1.30am.

The search resumed at 6am on Tuesday morning and it was a local fisherman who located the missing man at about 11.15am in Ballydevlin Bay, which is between Ballyrisode and Goleen.

The body of the deceased by recovered by the Schull Coastal Rescue Boat, under Denis O’Regan, and brought ashore, where the deceased was taken to hospital for a post mortem. 

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