Monday 27 January 2020

Fisherman dies in boating accident

Olivia Kelleher and John Fallon

A fisherman drowned yesterday and a canoeist was fighting for his life last night in two separate incidents.

Frantic efforts failed to save the fisherman, whose currach capsized off the Co Galway coast yesterday.

A search got under way for the single man, who was from Carraroe and in his 50s, after his currach was found with no one on board.

He was found a short time later in the water but, despite the efforts of the rescue services, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Aran Islands lifeboat, the Costelloe Bay coast guard unit, the Shannon-based rescue helicopter and local fishing vessels were involved in the rescue attempt.


His body was taken to University College Hospital in Galway city, where a post- mortem was to be carried out.

Gardai say the man's identity is not being released until his relatives have been informed.

Meanwhile, a male canoeist, also in his 50s was in a "critical condition" in Cork University Hospital (CUH) last night after he encountered difficulties in the water.

The man, who was one of four canoeists, was airlifted to hospital yesterday afternoon after getting into trouble in the water in Castletownshend, west Cork.

A female canoeist was taken to Bantry General Hospital. Her condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

Yesterday's incidents occurred as the Irish Water Safety (IWS) National Water Safety Awareness Week comes to an end today.

Around 160 people drown in Ireland every year. Children can get into trouble in a matter of seconds when around water, and IWS advises parents to keep a close eye on their children when they are near the water.

Irish Independent

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