Saturday 20 January 2018

Fisherman (48) dies diving for shellfish

Father-of-three Marty Nee, who drowned in a diving accident
Father-of-three Marty Nee, who drowned in a diving accident
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

A popular Galway fisherman has died after getting into difficulty while diving.

Marty Nee (48), from Tully Cross, drowned while fishing for shellfish on Saturday.

The father of three was helping a friend fishing near Leenaun when he got into difficulty at 7pm.

Emergency services were called to the scene but were unable to resuscitate him.

Mr Nee was pronounced dead a short time later at Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar.

Marian Herriott, from the Connemara Mussel Festival, said Mr Nee - who ran Marty's Mussels with his wife Catherine - was a highly regarded fisherman.

"They supplied all of the mussels that were used for the demonstrations during the festival last month.

"His family lived here for generations. It is a terrible tragedy for the area.

"He was a lovely guy who worked very hard. He spent all hours out on the boat and working on the mussel lines.

"He was very popular in the area, a great guy."

Ms Herriott said he was known as a skilled and accomplished diver.

"He had been diving for years. I heard about it shortly after (it happened) but he must have come into some sort of difficulty. It is just very sad."

Local Sinn Féin councillor Tom Healy said the community was shocked.

"It is certainly the first time an accident has happened here involving someone diving for shellfish," he said.

Irish Independent

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