Bodies of two men recovered from sea off Donegal

The bodies of two men believed to have drowned in a boating accident off the coast of Co Donegal have been recovered.

The men are understood to have departed in a small boat from Teelin pier after lunchtime on Saturday.

The body of one man, in his 50s, was found on the shore at Malinbeg, near Carrick, at around 10.30am on Sunday. He was discovered by a farmer whose land runs down to the coast.

Local gardai contacted the coastguard to help recover the body.

Around the same time a member of the public in Teelin reported that a car understood to belong to the two men was still parked at the pier side.

This prompted a search for the second man. It involved coastguard helicopter 118 from Sligo, Arranmore and Bundoran lifeboats and Killybegs and Bunbeg coastguard teams.

After a short search, the body of the second man, believed to have been in his 40s, was found in the water by coastguard officers close to Malinbeg.

A boat was recovered washed up on a rocky stretch of coastline.

The bodies of the men have been taken to Letterkenny University Hospital where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

The Coroner's Office has been notified.

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