THE body of a man who had gone swimming near The Point at Westport Quay was recovered from Clew Bay in the early hours of yesterday (Monday) morning.
A Coastguard led volunteer search team recommenced their search around 4am at low tide, and discovered the body of Westport native Owen Hughes several hundred meters away shortly afterwards. It appears he got into difficulty while swimming and drowned. Swimming goggles and earplugs were still present on his body when it was found.
Mr Hughes was aged in his fifties and had been living on The Quay Road. He is the son of the late Dick Hughes, a former Mayo County Council engineer and the late Stella Hughes. Gardaí are investigating the tragedy and are appealing for anyone who may have seen Mr Hughes near The Point or getting into the water to contact them in Westport.
Concern for the victim was raised on Sunday evening and the Coastguard helicopter was called in to assist the local volunteers with the search. Clothing, shoes and other personal items belonging to Mr Hughes were found near the steps leading into the sea beside the football pitch at The Point, along with a towel.