He was discovered in a store room with a broken leg and back injuries.
What at first sounds like a contradiction may actually mean he was in a void above the storeroom. Well hidden. Can one fall up?Mr McGonigle was eventually found on board the boat by a fellow crew member at about 2200 GMT on Sunday, stowed away in what is considered a normally inaccessible space above a roof panel.
Strange things happen at sea.Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cooper said the police were pleased Mr McGonigle had been found on the ship and he was not missing overboard as had been feared.
He also said there was no criminal aspect to the incident and the inquiry had been concluded with no charges brought.
However, as in all cases of missing persons who are traced, Mr McGonigle was spoken to by police at ARI yesterday.
Last night the company was unable explain the circumstances behind his disappearance.