Saturday 18 November 2017

Expert highlights safety issues after two men drown off the Donegal coast

Local gardai contacted the coastguard to help recover the body
Local gardai contacted the coastguard to help recover the body
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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The public has been warned that marine phones and lifejackets are essentials after two men tragically died after going fishing on Saturday.

The remains of the two men were recovered near Malinbeg in Co Donegal on Sunday morning.

The bodies of the deceased men, who are understood to be Lithuanian nationals, were brought to Letterkenny University Hospital and post-mortems are due to take place later today.

One of the men has been named locally as Rimantis Barauskas (56), who lived in Co Meath but regularly visited Donegal, while his friend is understood to be a man (40) who was living in CO Longford.

A Coast Guard spokesman revealed this morning that one of the men was not wearing a lifejacket and stressed they are vital for anyone who is going fishing this summer.

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Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, he said: "I suppose one of the things in this case was that there was no marine radio on board and when you go into a cliff area like that you lose mobile phone coverage.

"So if you have something like an engine broken down and won't start then you won't be able to let anyone know.

"Lifejackets are another key one, we're coming into the busy season and it's one thing that we'd raise that everyone should be wearing them and one of the gentlemen wasn't."

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He also said that gardai are still trying to determine what happened to the men.

He said: "I would say it is treacherous, there's quite a lot of cliff area in that region.

"Conditions when they went fishing at around 1pm weren't too bad, they ended up in the water so obviously an incident occured. "Conditions locally had worsened and maybe even got a bit rough."

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