Man dies after falling into icy lake from pier in front of wife
A Limerick man is believed to have suffered a heart attack before falling off a pier into Lough Derg while out walking with his wife.
The 67-year-old had been enjoying a day trip on the shores of the lake between south Galway and north Tipperary. Shortly after 9am, the couple were walking by a lakeside pier near Terryglass with their pet dog when it appears the man was suddenly taken ill.
It is believed he stumbled, lost his footing and plunged into the icy waters of the lake.
His wife was unable to reach him in time to prevent his fall from the pier.
She immediately screamed for help and threw a life-buoy into the water. However, the man was unable to reach the buoy and pull himself to safety. Locals raced to the scene and desperately tried to locate the man and drag him ashore.
Both the Lough Derg RNLI unit and Irish Coast Guard were notified. The Shannon-based Rescue 115 Sikorsky helicopter was scrambled and was at the scene within minutes.
Emergency resuscitation commenced and the man was immediately airlifted by the Sikorsky to University Hospital Limerick (UHL).
He was admitted in a critical condition and died a short time later after doctors were unable to stabilise his condition. The Limerick Coroner's Office has been notified.
A post-mortem examination is scheduled to be conducted at UHL and a file prepared for the coroner.
Gardaí are investigating the circumstances of the incident, which is being treated as "a terrible tragedy".