Wednesday 25 April 2018

Hunt for fellow drinkers after Polish man drowns in river

Ralph Riegel

GARDAI are trying to trace two men who had spent the day drinking with a Polish man, whose body was later recovered from a river.

The 52-year-old -- whom gardai have identified but not named -- was recovered from the River Blackwater in Fermoy, Co Cork, on Friday .

Gardai have no reason, as yet, to think the death was suspicious.

It is thought likely that the man lost his footing and fell into the river or else jumped in after deciding to go for a swim.

The man -- who is believed to have been resident in Ireland for over a year -- died from drowning.

The stretch of river has strong currents and undertows.

The Polish man was identified via a distinctive tattoo of the word 'Ranger' on his upper right arm and a surgical scar on his abdomen.

Locals indicated that he was spotted with a group drinking near Barnane on Friday. At least two of them are believed to be eastern European males.

Barnane is a picturesque riverside route popular with fishermen and walkers.

Gardai wish to speak to anyone who was in the Polish man's company between 9am and 1.25pm on Friday.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Fermoy gardai (025) 82100, or the Garda Confidential Line (1800) 666 111.

Irish Independent

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