Thursday 22 March 2018

Engine safety device not used in angler death

A 53-year-old angler who drowned in an accident last March could have been saved had his boat's engine cut out after he entered the water.

A report from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board said that the kill cord on Michael Ruane's boat was not used, which meant he spent a long period of time in the water which resulted in his death.

On March 19 last the 52-year-old from Salthill in Galway was flung from his small fishing boat on Lough Corrib when a wave knocked him and a companion overboard.

Mr Ruane drowned and his 48-year old friend, Donal Coyle, from Oranmore, was treated for hypothermia.

The investigation concluded that although both men were wearing life jackets, which were in good condition, one had no crotch strap.

Irish Independent

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