A SEARCH to recover the body of a Limerick man from the sea in Kilkee has been suspended overnight this Thursday.
The man, believed to be from the Thomondgate area of Limerick city, was the driver of a car last seen driving over a cliff on the east end of the Kilkee bay at around 12.40am on Thursday morning.
The alarm was raised by a member of the public who witnessed the car going over the cliff near Byrnes’ Cove in the Co Clare seaside village. Local emergency services were alerted and were at the scene within minutes.
The car was located upside down in the water and two separate attempts were made to recover it, but bad weather hampered the operation and it was suspended late this Thursday evening, to resume at 9am on Friday morning.
The man’s family were at the scene in Kilkee this Thursday, which featured the coast guard units from Kilkee and Doolin, navy divers and the Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter.
Representatives from the HSE and Clare Fire Service, as well as local gardai, were also involved in the operation.
Efforts to recover the car proved unsuccessful, and navy divers were unable to determine if the driver was still in the car, due to the vehicle being “badly damaged”, according to the local coast guard unit.
When the operation resumes on Friday the intention is to tow the car back to the pier in Kilkee and remove the roof to recover the man’s body.
If the body is not in the car, a dive operation will resume along the cliffs along the Clare coastline to attempt to recover it.
A spokesperson for the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard said the operation was “ongoing” and was “hoping for a successful outcome” when it resumes tomorrow.