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Lifejacket probe after angler dies

THE angler who drowned when a wave knocked him from a boat was wearing a lifejacket but it came off when he hit the water.

Accident investigators will now try to find out whether the lifejacket worn by Michael Ruane was faulty or was incorrectly tied.

The 53-year-old from Avendale, Devon Park, Salthill in Galway was drowned in the freak accident when a wave knocked him and a companion from their boat.

Mr Ruane had been enjoying a Bank Holiday Monday fishing expedition when he and a second local man were thrown into the water near Annaghdown on Lough Corrib.

While his companion, 47-year-old Donal Coyle, from Oranmore, was able to swim to shore, Mr Ruane was not.

His remains were recovered some time later.

"They were wearing lifejackets but it came off when he hit the water.

"We're not sure if it was faulty or just wasn't tightened enough," said Paul Heaney of Corrib Anglers.

Irish Independent