Pearse Lyne from Castletownbere whose body was recovered by the Castletownbere Lifeboat.

THE Castletownbere lifeboat recovered the body of a local fisherman at around 3pm this afternoon (Friday, August 17th) after his boat overturned in Bantry Bay near Pulleen Harbour near Garranes to the west of Bere Island.


The 16ft lobster punt was observed getting into difficulties by people on shore at the nearby Dzogchen Beara Buddhist Retreat Centre who raised the alarm at around 1.30pm.

The RNLI Lifeboat was launched from Castletownbere and local Coastguard units were joined in the search by the Coastguard helicopter from Shannon and local boats.


The body of  retired schoolteacher Pearse Lyne, aged-66, and father of four children was recovered from the water at around 3pm.


Mr Lyne was a former principal of Castletownbere National School and was an experienced part-time fisherman.


He is survived by his wife Evelyn and children Lorraine, Karina, Liam and Janice and grandchildren Ruadhán, Euan and Cillian.


Rosary has been arranged on Sunday at his home in Droum North at 8pm with removal from Harrington’s Funeral Home, Castletownbere on Monday at 7.30pm to the Sacred Heart Church, Castletownbere.


Funeral Mass Tuesday at 12 noon, followed by burial in Droum Cemetery.


Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Castletownbere RNLI.


It is the second such tragedy in Beara in the past week.


Early on Tuesday the body of local fisherman and writer John O’Leary from Barness, Allihies, was recovered off of Cod Head.


Mr O’Leary who was in his 60s and originally from Boston, USA had been aboard a sailing dingy with his teenage son Christopher (18) when the vessel overturned.


The pair clung to the dingy for four hours in the water before his son  managed to swim to shore to raise the alarm.