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Body of man in rescue attempt found

Published 10/07/2015

The Baltimore RNLI lifeboat crew have been taking part in the search
The Baltimore RNLI lifeboat crew have been taking part in the search

The body of a man who drowned after trying to rescue his girlfriend has been found.

Scores of dive teams were involved in the renewed efforts to find 20-year-old Barry Davis Ryan who was swept to sea below Beacon Point near Baltimore, west Cork, 10 days ago.

He had gone into the water to try and rescue his girlfriend Niamh O'Connor who ended up in the water while they were out walking.

Mr Davis Ryan's father Barry, 51, an executive with Penneys, the retail giant part-founded by his father Arthur Ryan, also died in the rescue attempt.

Mr Ryan and Ms O'Connor were pulled from the water and pronounced dead but searches for the son's body continued for several days with dive teams and volunteers travelling from across the country to help.

About 70 divers were taking part in various locations around Baltimore and Beacon Point when the discovery was made.

Baltimore RNLI crew spoke of the relief that the body, believed to be Mr Davis Ryan's but yet to be formally identified, had been recovered at about midday

"We are all so relieved that a body has been found following an extensive search for Barry Davis Ryan. A formal identification has yet to take place," the lifeboat station said.

"We are so relieved that he can be returned to his family and offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of all affected by this tragedy."

Divers travelled from Mayo, Roscommon, Dundalk, Westmeath, Clare, Kerry, Dublin and Cork to assist after an emotional plea by Mr Davis Ryan's mother Ann.

Locals and holiday home owners were also praised for opening their doors and providing accommodation to people coming to the west Cork area to help in the search and recovery operation.

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