Coast Guard locate body during Salthill search

Friday 13 April 2018

The Coast Guard helicopter based in Shannon (R115) spotted a body on the seabed in shallow water offshore at approximately 10:15am this morning, as part of the on-going search for a missing swimmer off Salthill  in Galway. The body was recovered into the Galway Inshore Life boat for transfer to Galway University Hospital to facilitate identification procedures. Conditions for searching at the time were very good with excellent sub surface visibility leading to the successful search and recovery. Search units involved included Coast Guard, RNLI, An Garda Síochána and Civil defence teams on the water and volunteer divers provide by the CFT (Irish Underwater Council), with Coast Guard shore search units working with An Garda Síochána also. The maritime search was co-ordinated by Valentia Coast Guard Coordination Centre.

Pending formal identification the search will be stood down.

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Initial Publication Date: 
13/04/2018