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Two bodies recovered from the water off Donegal

Teelin pier in Donegal, where the men departed from on Saturday
Teelin pier in Donegal, where the men departed from on Saturday

A post mortem is due today on the bodies of two men recovered from the water off the coast of Donegal yesterday .

The bodies of the two men, reported to be Lithuanian nationals, were found off the coast of Glencolumbkille after a search involving the coast guard.

It is believed the two men left from Teelin Pier on Saturday in a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) but the alarm was raised when they did not return.

One man was found washed up on the rocks at Malinbeg yesterday morning.

The coast guard was dispatched from Sligo and a short time later the body of the second man was discovered and taken from the water.

A Malin Head Coast Guard spokesman told the Irish Independent: "Gardaí called us this morning at 11am. A body was found on the shore line by a farmer. His land runs down to the shore.

"But it was inaccessible, so gardaí requested the Coast Guard recover the body. We tasked Killybegs Coast Guard and after that we got a phone call from the boat owner in Teelin saying they left after lunch Saturday and their car was still parked at Teelin pier but there was no sign of the boat.

"We commenced a search with rescue helicopter 118 from Sligo, Arranmore lifeboat, Bunbeg Coast Guard and Bundoran lifeboat.

"With the helicopter, it fairly quickly spotted the second body and Bundoran Lifeboat recovered the body and took it back to Teelin and handed it over to gardaí."