Enquiries Continue After Man’s Body Discovered
Enquiries are continuing after a man’s body was recovered from the sea off Pleinmont Point.
Yesterday’s search and rescue mission was launched after a man – believed to be Patrick Eker – was reported missing.
The body was found after a major search operation was launched, including officers from Guernsey Police, the Channel Islands Air Search and the St Peter Port Lifeboat.
— Guernsey Harbours (@gsyharbours) March 19, 2017
The Chief Officer of the Channel Islands Air Search, John Fitzgerald, says his crews were out for around two hours working with authorities on the ground.
He says they were all saddened to hear the news – and the thoughts of the Air Search go out to those affected:
A post mortem will have to be held to try and establish the man’s cause of death – and that is likely to happen early this week.
At the moment Guernsey Police can’t confirm the man’s identity but say it is likely to be that of a 50 year old, who was reported missing on Saturday night.
His death is not being treated as suspicious.
A Guernsey Police spokesman released the following statement:
“The body of a male has this afternoon [19th March] been found in the water off Pleinmont Point. While the discovery follows a search operation for a 50-year-old man missing since last night, it is not possible to confirm the man’s identify at this stage as formal identification has not yet taken place. A post mortem is likely in due course and enquiries into the cause of death, which is not being treated as suspicious, continue.”