Poor weather hampers search for missing man in Courtown

By Fintan Lambe

Published 23/08/2016 | 11:13

A SEARCH which was conducted for a missing man in Courtown since early Tuesday morning has now been stood down, but will resume later in the day.

The 33-year-old man said to be from the Myshall area was last seen at around 8.30 p.m. on Sunday evening. His car was found on the south pier in Courtown and was first seen there at 5.30 a.m. on Monday morning by local fishermen.

Courtown Coastguard and Courtown RNLI Lifeboat were called out at 4.30 a.m. to assist the Waterford Coastguard helicopter in a search of the area. However, the Waterford helicopter had to turn back due to poor weather, so the Dublin helicopter was called in and it searched the area for several hours before returning to base at around 10 a.m.

Sam Kennedy of Courtown RNLI Lifeboat said that there was no definite information on the missing man’s whereabouts, but the search was conducted as a precaution. He said the lifeboat volunteers would resume their search later in the day.

Jim Murphy of Courtown Coastguard said that they carried out an extensive search of the coastline at low tide but nothing was found. They will carry out a further search in the evening.

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