Saturday 18 August 2018

Kayaker (79) drowns off Co Kerry coast

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

An elderly man has died following a kayaking tragedy off the coast of Co Kerry.

The man, (79), who is understood to have connections to the local area, was found floating face down in the water off the village of Cromane in the Iveragh Peninsula yesterday afternoon.

According to the Irish Coast Guard, a local fisherman spotted the man lying in the water at around 2.30pm.

He pulled him into his boat and brought him ashore where he performed CPR.

He also alerted the Coast Guard which dispatched the Rescue 115 helicopter and an ambulance to the scene.

But their attempts at reviving him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead.

His body has been taken to University Hospital Kerry in Tralee for a post-mortem to determine the cause of death.

Coast Guard officials said the man may have suffered a heart attack or had some other medical emergency, noting that he was wearing a life jacket that kept him afloat.

His death comes after a spike of drownings this summer in which 10 people drowned in just over a fortnight in early June.

Irish Independent

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