Search for man missing off Clare coast

Monday 16 December 2013 23.37
The coast guard helicopter was involved in the search
The coast guard helicopter was involved in the search

An air and sea search took place today for a man who fell into water while fishing with a friend near the lighthouse at Blackhead in Co Clare.

The alarm was raised by the man's friend yesterday afternoon.

The coastguard at Doolin, the RNLI lifeboat from the Aran Islands and the Shannon-based rescue helicopter took part in the operation.

It is understood the two men were fishing from the rocky shore when one of them was swept in by a large wave.  

Sea conditions in the search area were said to be rough.