Body found in sea search

A body has been recovered by rescue teams searching for a man believed to have fallen overboard from his boat.

Body found in sea search

A body has been recovered by rescue teams searching for a man believed to have fallen overboard from his boat.

A search operation was launched after a rhib (rigid-hulled inflatable boat) was spotted drifting between Ballycastle and Rathlin Island, off the Antrim coast.

The alarm was raised at about 4.45pm by the crew of a ferry.

His body was recovered at 6.30pm and taken to Ballycastle, where it was handed over to the coroner’s office.

Rob Steventon, watch manager of Belfast Coastguard, said: “We believe the occupant of the boat may well have fallen overboard as there is rope caught around the propeller.”

Coastguard rescue officers from Ballycastle and Portrush, RNLI crews from Portrush and Redbay and the rescue helicopter 177 from RAF Prestwick were involved in the operation.

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