The emergency services say they have recovered a body in their search for a County Clare oyster fisherman who got into difficulty in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Emergency services were alerted to an incident at 3.29am when four people working on oyster beds got into difficulty. Valentia Coastguard said the men were using tractors and trailers when they got cut off from the shore as the tide came in.
A body was located by a member of the Fenit RNLI at around 10.42am on a mud bank as the tide receded at Cammoge Point, near Poulnasherry Bay, Moyasta. The victim’s body has been recovered and is expected to be removed to University Hospital Limerick for a post mortem examination.
Three men rescued during the emergency response were transferred by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick .
The multi agency search and rescue operation involved Kilrush and Fenit RNLI, Irish Customs Vessel, Ballybunnion Rescue Services, SFPC Pilot Boat, navy divers, and Irish Coast Guard rescue teams from Kilkee and Doolin.
Commenting on the callout, Pauline Dunleavy, Kilrush RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘This was one of the largest search and rescue operation in the Shannon Estuary for a number of years. I would like to commend the quick response from all agencies especially the members of the public that assisted. On behalf of everyone at Kilrush RNLI Lifeboat Station, I wish to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the man who sadly did not survive.”
Located in the Shannon Estuary, Poulnasherry Bay has for a number of years been a cultivation site for oysters.