At 16.00 today MRCC Valentia tasked Doolin Coast Guard Unit to assist in the search for a man missing on Inis Óirr, Aran Islands.The man, believed to be from Derry , was a visitor to the Island. He was last seen at 22.00 the previous evening. Local people and Garda had been searching since 09.00 in the morning. Coast Guard members assembled at base and the Doolin Coast Guard Delta rib launched at 16.45 and proceeded to the Island where it began line searches with the Aran Lifeboat which was also tasked by MRCC Valentia. Coast Guard members prepared a landing site for the Shannon Coast Guard Helicopter, Rescue 115, also tasked to search . After diverting to another incident on the coast near Doolin,where it took a casualty from the water and flew to Limerick , it returned and transferred Coast Guard search teams from Doolin to the Island and commenced air searches of the Island and coastline.
More team members and a SARDA Search Dog team were transferred by Doolin Coast Guard Delta rib and commenced shore and land searches on the Island. Teams stood down at 23.00 and returned to the mainland.
The search will continue in the morning.
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