Rescuers find body of rower
THE body of a man who went out rowing alone in a small punt was plucked from the sea last night by the crew of a Coast Guard helicopter.
The man, in his mid-40s, is understood to have left Dun Laoghaire harbour in Co Dublin telling someone on the pier that he would be back in a while.
But a rescue mission was launched about an hour later at about 4.30pm when a member of the public raised the alarm amid fears he was having trouble getting back to shore. The Marine Rescue Coordination Centre in Dublin took charge of the mission.
The Coast Guard search-and rescue-helicopter from Dublin was scrambled and the Dun Laoghaire all-weather lifeboat was launched and was the first on the scene. The lifeboat crew spotted the 3m punt on the shoreline at the south end Dalkey Island.
The helicopter located the body in the water in the vicinity of Dalkey Island shortly after 5pm. The body was taken on board the chopper and flown to Tallaght Hospital. A post-mortem examination is expected to take place today.