THE search to recover the body of a Limerick man who drove a car off a cliff in Kilkee concluded on Friday.
The man, who was aged in his early 30s and was from the Thomondgate area of the city, was recovered from the car on the slipway shortly after 1pm on Friday, after a lengthy operation involving the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard, navy divers, Clare County Fire and Rescue and gardai.
The body was removed from the car by the fire service, who had to cut the roof off the vehicle, such was the damage sustained in the incident.
The operation was described by Martony Vaughaun, area officer with the Kilkee Irish Coast Guard unit, as “delicate and very technical”.
Officials erected screens around the car to remove the remains from the vehicle.
“The body was recovered from the vehicle and the family formally identified the man on the slipway in the company of gardai,” explained Mr Vaughan.
The deceased was then removed from the scene to Limerick University Hospital for an autopsy.
The alarm was raised in the early hours of Thursday morning when a member of the public witnessed the car going over the cliff in the area of Byrnes’ Cove on the east end of Kilkee.
A large salvage operation ensued which continued throughout Thursday before being halted by poor weather and subsequently concluded on Friday afternoon.