03/12/2019

Major Search Operation Ongoing For Missing Man In Co Clare

A major search operation is ongoing in Co Clare for a man reported missing on Monday.

A joint air, land and sea search was launched last night after the man's car was found close to Blackhead Lighthouse.

The search has concentrated on the area surrounding the lighthouse, however, according to reports the man's car may have been at the site for "most of the day".

Gardaí and the Coast Guard's marine rescue volunteers began their search at 8pm.

Searches were also carried out along the main R477 coast road; north and south along the rocky coastline and in the area of Galway Bay around the lighthouse.

It is understood that searchers found a number of personal items, believed to belong to the missing man, on the shore close to the water by a Doolin Coast Guard search team.

The operation was stood down overnight due to visibility and for the safety of those involved but resumed at first light this morning.

(MH/JG)

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