Saturday 26 May 2018

Man dies after falling into Dublin canal overnight

Ninth Lock, Clondalkin (Photo: Google Maps)
Ninth Lock, Clondalkin (Photo: Google Maps)
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A man has died after falling into a Dublin canal overnight.

Gardaí were passing by the Ninth Lock in Clondalkin shortly after 3am this morning when they spotted the man in difficulty in the water.

A number of officers entered the Grand Canal and attempted to rescue the male, aged in his 50s.

Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) officers were contacted and three engines attended the scene. They were joined by a senior officer and National Ambulance Service paramedics.

A DFB spokesman said the man was removed from the water unconscious and taken by NAS ambulance to Tallaght Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at approximately 4am.

A post-mortem is expected to be carried out.

Gardaí are investigating the incident for the purposes of preparing a report for the Dublin Coroner's office.

A source said the incident is being treated as a tragic accident. It is understood the man, with an address in Ballyfermot, had been socialising beside the canal shortly before the incident.

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