By Dan Walsh in Courtown
The body of a woman recovered from the sea off Courtown Harbour this evening is identified locally as that of Deirdre Redmond, (50), who has been the missing for six days.
Courtown RNLI Lifeboat volunteers were launched at 4.50 pm following a call from the Irish Coastguard who made the discovery.
The body was taken ashore at the RNLI Station before removal to University Hospital Waterford where a post mortem will take place. The search for Deirdre has been stood down.
Deirdre Redmond left her home at Garden City, Gorey, last Saturday at 2 pm and did not return home. Gardai confirmed a last sighting of Deirdre on the Sea Road in Ballymoney later that day at 3.20 pm.
Hundreds of locals supported the family in a land search for Deirdre operating from Naomh Éanna GAA Club under the guidance of the local Gardai which extended from Gorey to the woodlands around Ballymoney and Courtown.
An intensive sea search has been taking place daily with Helicopter Rescue 117, the Irish Coastguard and the RNLI volunteers from Courtown and Cahore. As the week progressed the search extended from Curracloe to Kilpatrick with many volunteers using fishing boats and pleasure craft to assist.