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Seals Could Be Trained to Find Bodies in Water

2nd December 2010
The family of a drowning victim are exploring the idea that seals could be utilised to recover bodies lost in rivers or at sea, The Clare People reports.
Brian Mooney - father of 31-year-old Brecan Mooney, whose body was never recovered after falling into the River Lee in Cork last November - said he had been in contact with the Irish Seal Sanctuary about the potential for seals to be trained to locate bodies in the water.
“We’re looking at the possibility of training seals to find bodies," he told The Clare People at the inquest into his son's death in Cork last week. "It’s never been done before anywhere, but they think there is a real possibility it could be done.”

The family of a drowning victim are exploring the idea that seals could be utilised to recover bodies lost in rivers or at sea, The Clare People reports.

Brian Mooney - father of 31-year-old Brecan Mooney, whose body was never recovered after falling into the River Lee in Cork last November - said he had been in contact with the Irish Seal Sanctuary about the potential for seals to be trained to locate bodies in the water.

“We’re looking at the possibility of training seals to find bodies," he told The Clare People at the inquest into his son's death in Cork last week. "It’s never been done before anywhere, but they think there is a real possibility it could be done.”

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