Body recovered off Valentia Island

Fri, Jul 27, 2012, 01:00

The body of a man who fell into the Atlantic while fishing on Valentia island last night, has been recovered off the Co Kerry coast.

The 32-year-old man's body was found by local divers this afternoon, some 300 metres from the area where he fell at Culloo Rock on the island.

The man, believed to be from Kilkenny, was among a party of seven who were fishing on the north side of the island when he was seen slipping into the water at around 10.30pm.

Efforts were made to save him when he fell but he disappeared after 10 minutes in the sea.

Valentia Lifeboat Station and Shannon Coast Guard helicopter searched the area until 3am. A search resumed at 6am this morning . Naval dive teams were preparing to search for the angler.

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