Gardaí probe third Cliffs of Moher death

GARDAÍ in Co Clare are investigating the discovery at the weekend of a body in the sea at the Cliffs of Moher, the third such tragic death in the area in a fortnight.

The body of a man was taken from the water at the cliffs at lunchtime on Saturday. The alarm was raised at 12.45pm when a member of the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard (ICG) spotted a body in the water 650 feet below the main viewing platform at the popular attraction.

The body was later recovered by Doolin ICG volunteers about 150 metres from the shoreline. The remains were removed by rescue boat to the ICG base at Doolin Pier before being taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick where a postmortem examination was conducted yesterday.

Gardaí have yet to formally identify the man.

However, the body is believed to be that of a 37-year-old Polish man for whom a search was mounted on Thursday morning after a car had been left overnight in the local car park. The vehicle, understood to have been purchased earlier in the week, was first spotted on Wednesday night.

However, the alarm was raised when the vehicle was found by cliffs’ staff at the same location early on Thursday.

It is understood that the man, who lived in Bray, Co Wicklow, left work last Tuesday and told colleagues that he would not be returning. His wife had returned to Poland in recent weeks.

Gardaí at Ennistymon are investigating the discovery, however, they are treating the matter as a “personal tragedy”.

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