A search is expected to resume this morning for a man believed to have fallen to his death from the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare.
The alarm was raised late on Sunday night and Gardaí requested Irish Coast Guard to undertake a search of the area in the vicinity of the world famous tourist attraction.
Gardaí also located a car parked locally and became concerned for the wellbeing of its driver.
While making follow-up inquiries Gardaí established an identity of the missing man believed to be in his 30’s who had been living in the east Clare area.
Coast Guard volunteers from nearby Doolin commenced a search of the cliff top shortly after midnight. Soon afterwards found some personal belongings.
The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was also called in to assist and used it’s infra red camera and powerful spotlights to search both land and sea.
With no sign of the missing man the search was stood down at around 2.00am.
At 6.00am yesterday (Monday) a more comprehensive operation was mounted and coordinated by Gardaí and the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue coordination centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.
Doolin Coast Guard personnel and Gardaí combed the cliff top in daylight while rescue boats were launched to carry out a sea search.
The Irish Coast Guard helicopter was also involved in the search which was stood down at around 11am but a further effort took place last night (Monday) for several hours.
The Garda Water Unit has also been requested to assist in what’s now believed to be an search and recovery operation. Garda divers were due in Clare early today (Tuesday).
Last month, the body of a woman was recovered from the base of the 700ft high Cliffs of Moher.
Efforts to recover the body were hampered by rough seas however in a three hour operation on March 18th, Garda divers swam ashore and made a successful recovery. Gardaí are treating that death as a personal tragedy.