Update: Body found in search for missing swimmer in Galway Bay

Update: Body found in search for missing swimmer in Galway Bay
File photo of Galway Bay.

Update: Body found in search for missing swimmer in Galway Bay

Rescue workers searching for a missing swimmer in Galway Bay have found a body.

The body was found by the coastguard Rescue helicopter 115 just after 10am this morning and is now being brought back to shore.

A 40-year-old swimmer had been missing since getting into difficulty off Salthill yesterday.

The man is understood to be from the Galway area.

Earlier:The search for a swimmer feared missing in Galway Bay will resume this morning.

The alarm was raised around 5pm yesterday when when a member of the public reported seeing two swimmers about 100m offshore from Salthill.

It’s understood that the crew of a local pilot boat - ‘Kerry Head’ - met one swimmer who didn’t appear to be in difficulty.

A search for the second person, a man believed to be in his late 30s, was then mounted in the area of Blackrock in Salthill.

The Galway RNLI lifeboat was launched while the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter - Rescue 115 - was also tasked to assist in the operation.

Units of Galway Fire and Rescue Service are also involved in the search.

Crews searched until 9pm last night.

- Digital Desk

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