Monday 24 October 2016

Body of missing Japanese tourist found in sea at cliffs

Ushio Azaki and Eiji Takagi who were on holidays in the west
Ushio Azaki and Eiji Takagi who were on holidays in the west

The body of a missing Japanse tourist has been recovered from the sea.

A major search operation was launched to find Eiji Takagi (63) and his partner Ushio Azaki (61) after they went missing in Co Clare more than a week ago.

Mr Takagi's body was recovered from the water at around noon yesterday while the search continues for Ms Azaki.

The Irish Coast Guard said Mr Takagi's body was found by divers from Kilkee and Burren sub-aqua clubs in water off George's Head, a popular scenic spot overlooking the Atlantic.

It is understood Mr Takagi's body was found below cliffs in water that's about 27m deep.

The couple had hired a car at Shannon airport and stayed at a number of lodgings along the west coast before the vehicle was seen parked at George's Head over the course of several days.

The pair had checked out of a hotel in Spanish Point, Co Clare, on the day they are believed to have disappeared and were due to fly back to Tokyo, via Heathrow, last Monday.

Along with search and rescue teams from Lough Derg, Ennis and Aughinish, local coast guard units from Kilkee, Doolin and Ballybunion have been involved in the search along with Civil Defence teams from Clare and Laois.

Gardai released CCTV images of the couple during the week as part of a public appeal for information.

The Japanese Embassy in Dublin has been contacted following the discovery of Mr Takagi's body.

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