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Rock climber presumed dead

Michael Reardon, an internationally renowned rock climber who climbed without a rope or safety equipment, is presumed dead after he was swept away by a wave Friday off the coast of Ireland.

Reardon, 42, was on Valentia Island off the southwest coast of Ireland for a climbing photo shoot and was standing on a ledge when a large wave knocked him into the ocean.

Veronica Scanlan, a spokeswoman for the Irish Coast Guard, said Tuesday that the search-and-rescue operation for Reardon, which was initiated shortly after the accident, had been changed to a search-and-recovery operation.

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