Body found in the sea 40 miles off Wexford coast

A Wexford fisherman went missing from the Ellie Adhlamh early last Friday morning

Coast Guard crew members, lifeboat personnel, local fishermen and boat-owners have been searching for a fisherman.

Coast Guard crew members, lifeboat personnel, local fishermen and boat-owners have been searching for a fisherman.

 

A body has been found off the southeast coast four days after a local fisherman went missing from his trawler.

It’s understood the body was discovered in the sea on Tuesday evening about 40 miles from Rosslare by a fishing vessel which was in the area at the time.

It was transferred to a larger ship which was nearby and remained there until it was retrieved at about 9pm by the Coast Guard Search and Rescue 117 helicopter which is based in Waterford.

Formal identification was expected to take place on Tuesday night.

A 45-year-old Co Wexford fisherman went missing from the Ellie Adhlamh early last Friday morning, while he was on board the vessel near the Saltee Islands off Kilmore Quay.

The trawler had left Rosslare earlier that morning.

Coast Guard crew members, lifeboat personnel, local fishermen and boat-owners have been searching for the man on and offshore in the intervening days.

Gardaí confirmed they are investigating the discovery of the body off the Wexford coast.

“The remains have been taken to the mortuary at Waterford Hospital where a post mortem is expected to take place tomorrow,” a spokesman said. “No identification of the person in terms of gender or ID has taken place yet.”