Tuesday 16 January 2018

Dad-of-two kayaker dies following tragedy off Sligo coast

The Coastguard helicopter (Stock picture)
The Coastguard helicopter (Stock picture)

Paddy Clancy

A 62 year-old kayaker has died after he was airlifted to hospital following a tragedy off the west Sligo coast.

The man was in a group of up to 10 kayakers who got into difficulties off Aughris Head on Monday evening.

He was pronounced dead later in Sligo University Hospital.

The group went out from Aughris Pier and the man, named locally as Paddy McCarrick who worked at Sligo University Hospital, was on a two-person five-metre kayak.

Malin Head Coastguard received a call from a passerby around 8pm. Other witnesses also made 999 calls.

When the air ambulance arrived at the scene, the casualty had been lifted on to rocks and CPR was administered.

Other kayakers were escorted safely back to land by RNLI and the coastguard. 

Mr McCarrick, a father of two from the Riverside area of Sligo, was a keen watersports fan but only took up kayaking in recent years.

A friend, who did not wish to be named, said: "He took up kayaking on Lough Gill and became immersed in it.

"He used to kayak on the lake but he hadn’t much experience kayaking off-shore out at sea."

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