Divers assisting in the search for a missing man have recovered a body from the sea in west Kerry.

The search for 53-year-old John Cunningham has been taking place in Dún Chaoin for the past three days.

This evening, members of Mallow Search and Rescue recovered the body from a deep inlet on Dún Mór head.

A search had been ongoing since the alarm was raised on Monday evening, when Mr Cunningham failed to return to his home in Com Dhíneol (Coumeenole).

It is understood he was last seen on Saturday afternoon.

Much of the search had been focused on a headland near the well-known beach of Com Dhíneol.

Locals believe Mr Cunningham may have been swept to sea while trying to retrieve lobster pots from a deep inlet on nearby Dún Mór Head.

This evening, the body of a man was recovered from the same inlet, known locally as Cuas an Reithe.

His body has been removed to University Hospital Kerry where a post-mortem examination will be carried out tomorrow morning.

Mr Cunningham is originally from Cork, but had been living permanently in Com Dhíneol for the past year, where he was caring for his elderly father.

Emergency services, including Dingle Coastguard, Valentia Lifeboat, the Garda Water Unit and Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115, were assisted in the search by local fishermen and up to 50 local volunteers.