Body recovered off Valentia Island

 

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.

<br/> <small><a style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left" href="https://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=m&ll=51.902554,-10.360107&spn=0.095324,0.20565&z=12&source=embed">View Larger Map</a></small></p> <p>Lifeboat operations manager Richard Foran said the area is notorious for people losing their lives.</p> <p>“It’s a fantastic fishing, spot but the problem is it is exposed to the Atlantic,” said Mr Foran.</p> <p>“In bad weather conditions it can be absolutely treacherous but that was not the scenario last night. The poor man just fell in.”</p> <p>Valentia Coast Guard was also involved last night with the rescue of three people onboard a 9m cruiser who issued a distress call after their boat glanced off rocks at a lake in Portumna.</p> <p>The Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was requested by Valentia Coast Guard to go to the cruiser's assistance.</p> <p>The lifeboat met the cruiser at the river near Portumna and an inspection revealed there was no damage to the boat.</p> <p>The three people onboard the cruiser were unharmed but described as greatly distressed by the incident.</p> <p><strong>Additional reporting: PA</strong></p>