Australia: Search team discovers Shane O'Halloran's body

The body of missing Irishman Shane O’Halloran has been found in the Brisbane River after being seen by a passerby this morning.

The body of missing Irishman Shane O’Halloran has been found in the Brisbane River after being seen by a passerby this morning.

Mr O’Halloran was missing since Saturday night after he fell into the river while celebrating the birthday of a friend on board the Lady Brisbane cruise ship.

The 24-year-old from Enniskeane in West Cork had been living and working as a carpenter in the St Lucia area of the city.

He fell overboard from the Lady Brisbane after overbalancing with a female companion. The woman was rescued immediately from the river and search and rescue teams spent three days carrying out extensive searches for Mr O'Halloran.

His body was located at around 10.30am local time today.

The news comes just 24 hours after his parents Noel and Theresa flew out to Australia to help in the search for their son.

A police media spokesman said the body was found around one kilometre downstream from where the incident occurred near the Hale Street Link bridge at around 10.30am and the matter has since been passed over to the Queensland Marine Safety Investigation team as well as local police in Brisbane.

Mr O’Halloran’s parents and friends who were at the scene this morning were offered consular assistance.

Proprietor of the Lady Brisbane ship Jim Kelly said the matter was a “huge tragedy for everyone involved” and hoped that locating the body “would help bring some closure to the case”.

“Police, City Cats as well as search and rescue vessels have combed the river since Saturday night and thankfully the body has been located as people were starting to get a little anxious.

"His friends and family were there this morning and I can’t begin to imagine what they must be feeling right now. All I can say is my thoughts and prayers are with them.”

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