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Saturday 22 July 2017

Angler swept off rocks drowns in sea blackspot

Pat Flynn

A MAN has drowned while fishing at a dangerous location which is notorious for freak waves.

The Moldovan national had travelled from Limerick with three friends to fish at the treacherous Blue Pool between Kilkee and Doonbeg in west Co Clare.

It is thought that, while the group were fishing there yesterday morning, he was swept off the rocks by a rogue wave. His body was recovered at around 3pm by the Kilkee Marine Rescue Unit.

Gardai are treating the incident as an accident.

They have spoken to the man's companions and several eye-witnesses.The alarm was raised after two of the four men returned to Limerick.

They are understood to have reported the incident at Henry Street garda station - prompting a search and rescue operation - before returning to Kilkee.

A garda spokesman said last night, "We are treating this incident as a tragic accident. We have spoken to several eyewitnesses."The man's body was taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick where a post-mortem examination is expected to take place today.

Victims

Last November, while he was fishing at the Blue Pool, a 27-year-old Latvian man was swept into the sea, in front of his wife and child. The Latvian man had been living in Athlone.

On October 29th, a Polish man drowned when he was swept out to sea while fishing at Tullig Point, also in Co Clare.

Rescuers recovered his body after several days.

Only last week, a Hungarian student died tragically after falling from the Cliffs of Moher while taking photographs.

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