A massive search was launched early yesterday after a newly married man ‘took off’ after a row with his wife.
The newlywed left a hotel in West Clare at around 6.30am and had a bottle of vodka with him.
When there was no sign of the groom returning to the hotel, the alarm was raised at around 8am and a more extensive search was mounted.
Following a request for assistance from gardaí, the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue coordination centre at Valentia dispatched search teams from Kilkee and Doolin.
It’s understood gardaí located the man close to a cliff edge from where he had threatened to jump into the sea.
While all the circumstances of the incident are not known, it’s understood the newlywed had been involved in row with his wife during the night.
Sometime between 6am and 6.30am, he left the hotel with a bottle of vodka but told no one of his intentions.
The man’s wife became concerned for his safety and raised the alarm.
Several wedding guests, including family members, had also searched the area around the hotel but couldn’t locate the man.
As search and rescue teams were being mobilised to the area, gardaí located the man and spent some time speaking to him before they persuaded him to move away from the cliff edge.
He was escorted back to his hotel where he was reunited with his family.
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