Foul play ruled out over body found in harbour

GARDAÍ have ruled out foul play in the death of a 24-year-old man whose body was discovered floating in a harbour in Co Cork.

The body of Alan Hayes, from Albert Road, Cork, was discovered at 6.10am on Wednesday, floating in the harbour near the Kinsale town centre.

Following a post-mortem examination yesterday, a senior garda spokesman said gardaí were not treating Mr Hayes’ death as suspicious and believed it may have been a tragic accident.

Mr Hayes had not been reported missing and his body is believed to have been in the water for only a short time. His body was formally identified by a relative on Wednesday evening.

“We have a reported sighting of him at Adam’s Quay, which is on the Ballinspittle side of the Trident Hotel. This was made by a woman who saw him there at approximately 4.10am on Wednesday,” the garda spokesman said.

He added, however, that gardaí still wanted to trace Mr Hayes’ last movements and were anxious to speak to anyone who may have seen a man fitting his description in Kinsale between 4am and 6am that day.

Mr Hayes, who was 5ft 10in and of big build, was wearing a dark tracksuit, a grey ‘hoody’ top, blue shirt and white runners.

He had crewcut black hair and a few days’ growth of stubble on his face.

Contact Kinsale or Bandon garda stations at 021- 4772302 and 023-52200 respectively.

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