A FIVE-DAY search for a missing Limerick man ended in tragedy on Sunday morning after a body was recovered from the Shannon near Sarsfield House.
A post-mortem examination was being carried out at University Hospital Limerick on Sunday evening but no foul play is suspected in the death of 21-year-old Adrian Quinn from Mungret Court.
A Facebook appeal launched by relatives of the deceased last week received tributes as news of the tragedy was confirmed.
Dozens of people offered prayers and to light candles for the Quinn family.
“Me and my family would like to thank everyone who shared our brother’s pictures and for all your kind words and for your help. Our brother Adrian Quinn is at peace now,” said Adrian’s sister Cassandra on the social networking site.
Adrian’s family had feared the worst after the 21-year-old disappeared last Tuesday and all efforts to contact him were unsuccessful. He had spent the afternoon around Watergate flats and had been last spotted at around 3.30pm at Merchant’s Quay. An appeal went out from gardai for information on his whereabouts last Friday and rescue services and volunteers, as well as Adrian’s relatives and friends, had been searching the River Shannon since the middle of last week.
It was divers from Limerick Marine Search and Rescue who made the unhappy discovery of Adrian’s remains at around eight o’clock on Sunday morning.
“A crew of three were out in a boat doing a river search for a missing person and they recovered that person to the rear of Sarsfield House,” said Peter Hogan, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue.
“Unfortunately it is a sad end to the situation but at least it brings closure for the family,” Mr Hogan said.
Adrian Quinn was from a large family with nine brothers and four sisters.
He is also survived by a young daughter.