Members of An Garda Síochána, members of the Coast Guard, Irish Naval Service, Civil Defence and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution are continuing to carry out searches in the Dunmanus Bay area.

A local man in his 20s failed to return home on 9th October, 2019 and the wreckage of a boat has since been discovered near the coastline in Dunmanus Bay.

Speaking at Bantry Garda Station, Superintendent Declan O Sullivan said “On behalf of all of the agencies involved in this search operation, I would ask for members of the public not to put their lives at risk by taking to the water around the search area, or by walking around the shoreline and cliff edges, in an attempt to assist us. We understand that your assistance is well-intentioned, but you are putting yourself at risk in poor weather conditions.

Some of the larger, well equipped local fishing vessels have been assisting us with our operation and we wish to thank them for their efforts thus far. Emergency services will indicate what assistance the public could provide if necessary”.

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