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09th Jul 2024

Tributes paid to teenage boy killed in Cliffs of Moher tragedy

Kat O'Connor

The incident happened at the Cliffs of Moher on Friday

Tributes have been paid to a teenage boy after he tragically died at the Cliffs of Moher.

According to reports, 17-year-old Lochlann Murray tragically fell onto the rocks just above the shoreline on Friday, July 5th.

The Rockcorry Divers and the North Coast Search and Recovery team issued a statement on Tuesday evening.

They confirmed the remains of the teenager were recovered at the Cliffs of Moher on Sunday, July 7th.

“Following a request from the family on Saturday, July 6th, the body was recovered from the shoreline by members of Rockcorry Divers and North Coast Search and Recovery.

“On Friday, July 5th, it was reported that a 17-year-old boy had fallen onto the rocks just above the shoreline.”

They confirmed their team left their base in Monaghan and arrived on site around 11:30 a.m.

The dive team was assisted by local ex-coastguard Bernard Lucas.

The search began around 12:30 p.m., and the body was located at approximately 3:30 p.m.

It is understood that the recovery was extremely difficult for the team due to poor weather conditions.

Falling debris also caused issues for the dive team.

“The area below could not be seen from the top of the cliffs, but information was relayed via a drone.

“Poor weather conditions in recent days, along with the swell and large rocks, made the recovery very difficult. Falling debris from the face of the cliff was another hazard the dive team had to be aware of.

“Divers made their way ashore to the base of the cliffs around 2:30 p.m., and at around 3:30 p.m., the body was located. The dive team successfully recovered the remains into their support vessel,” the team shared.

We’re keeping the family in our thoughts during this harrowing time.