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Saturday 23 August 2014

Boy (9) dies after being rescued from sea

Aaron O'Flaherty fell into the sea in north west Clare

Published 04/05/2014 | 22:05

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The Irish Coast Guard

A boy (9) has died just days after falling into the sea at Co Clare.

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Aaron O'Flaherty from Raheen in Limerick had been with his father on Sunday night when he fell in.

He had been in a critical condition in a Dublin hospital.

On Sunday night shortly after 9pm the Irish Coast Guard received a report of a young boy in the water near the lighthouse at Blackhead in the north west of the county.

The Doolin unit of the Coast Guard were called to the scene.

A witness reported that the boy's father was standing on the shore and could see his son treading water but he was unable to make it to the shore.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter was also engaged. Irish Coast Guard's marine rescue coordination centre on Valentia Island in Co Kerry co-ordinated the search.

Last December, a 40-year-old Latvian man who had been living in Tuam Co Galway was washed into the sea while fishing in the same area.

Despite a prolonged search the man's body was never found. It's understood he was washed into the sea by a rogue wave.

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