Thursday 19 September 2019

Fears grow for safety of missing man as divers begin search of Courtown harbour

Missing man Harold Keogh.
Missing man Harold Keogh.

By Fintan Lambe

Divers from Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club have begun a search of the harbour basin in Courtown in an attempt to locate a man, missing since Sunday, whose car was found on the nearby pier.

He was named last night in a missing person’s alert by the Garda Press Office as 33-year-old Harold Keogh from Myshall, Co Carlow.

The gardaí said they are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Mr Keogh who has been missing from his home in Myshall since Sunday, August 21.

Harold is described as being 5’9” with blonde hair. It is not known what he was wearing when last seen.

Gardaí said are concerned for Harold’s welfare and anyone with information is asked to contact them at Bagenalstown Garda Station on 059-9721212, the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Since Mr Keogh’s car was found on the south pier in Courtown, an air, sea, and land search was carried out as a precaution along the Courtown coastline on Tuesday morning.

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Jim Murphy of Courtown Coastguard said that the search resumed at low tide on Tuesday evening, and again on Wednesday morning.

‘We went out at low tide at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday evening and searched until dark,’ he said. The Coastguard helicopter also returned for the operation, and an extensive search was carried out on the water by Courtown RNLI Lifeboat and Cahore Inshore Rescue Service.

‘We searched from Courtown up to Kilmichael Point, and south to Roney,’ said Jim.

Courtown Coastguard and Courtown lifeboat searched the area again from 8 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday and attention then turned to the diving operation in the harbour basin.

Mr Murphy said that a consultation would be held with gardaí later in the day.

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