Arranmore RNLI lifeboat was called out to search for the missing man in southwest Donegal after an EPIRB activation was reported. Photo: Arranmore RNLI
The activation of an EPIRB (emergency position-indicating radio beacon) led to the search and rescue mission in the southwest of Donegal on Wednesday night.
Arranmore RNLI confirmed that it was launched at the request of Malin Head Coast Guard to reports of an EPIRB activation at Teelin just over 19 km west of Killybegs.
The Lifeboat was launched at 8.50pm on Wednesday, 26 August to reports of a boat on the rocks.
On arrival at the scene the Coast Guard helicopter R118, Killybegs Coast Guard boat and local boats were searching the area.
The unmanned boat was discovered on the rocks and the lifeboat crew assisted in the search for the fisherman who had earlier gone out in his boat.
At 11.16pm a local boat discovered a person in the water who was brought ashore by the Killybegs Coast Guard boat. The man was transferred to Letterkenny University Hospital and was pronounced deceased.
Mr Byrne’s remains were released yesterday afternoon and returned to his home in Kilcar.
Later on Thursday, the man was named locally as James Byrne from Cashel, Kilcar. Mr Byrne had last been spotted by a local fishing boat at around 6.30pm earlier that evening but the fisherman’s activity since that time is unknown.
Gardaí confirmed yesterday that a file was being prepared for the coroner.
Arranmore RNLI coxswain Jimmy Early said “On behalf of the crew of the Lifeboat I would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and the extended community of Teelin.”