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Body find in Lough Derg boat tragedy.


A BODY has been recovered from Lough Derg after a boat was found capsized and empty on Thursday night.

Divers found the victim last night in the same area where the 20-foot Crownline speedboat was found upturned.

He was named locally as Pat Danaher, a married man from Limerick but living Co Clare.

His body was located close to the shoreline in Youghal Bay about 1500m east of Garrykennedy, Co Tipperary.

The extensive search after the boat find involved the RNLI, Coast Guard, Civil Defence, the Garda and Mountshannon Search and Rescue.

The Shannon-based searchand-rescue helicopter had carried out several comprehensive sweeps of the lake on Thursday night and again yesterday.

Garda divers joined the operation in the afternoon but stood down at around 7pm while members of the Killaloe/Ballina Search and Recovery Unit continued diving into the evening.

Shortly after 8pm, they brought a body to the surface from where it was transported by members of the Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard to Dromineer Pier.

The remains were removed to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick where a postmortem is expected to be carried out today.

The man's family had been on holiday. They travelled to Garrykennedy yesterday and were visibly upset at the scene.

The search was called off at around 9pm and it's now believed there was only one person in the boat.

East Clare councillor Joe Cooney said: "There had been real concern during the day that it was someone from the Ogonnelloe area in Clare.

"While this hasn't been confirmed we are still very fearful that it is. It's an awful tragedy and we all want to extend our sympathies to the family of this man."

The search was co-ordinated by the Coast Guard station at Valentia Island in Co Kerry.

The 20-foot Crownline power boat was discovered on Thursday night just 15 metres from the shoreline in Youghal Bay in Garrykennedy, Co Tipperary.

The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat and the Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard were alerted and raced to the scene.

The vessel had damage to its hull and propellers.

A Coast Guard spokesman said: "There is a long horizontal gash along the hull. The propellers were damaged. It looks like the boat hit rocks while moving."


DAMAGED J The 20ft speedboat
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2012
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