Monday 20 November 2017

Irishman drowns after late-night swim off the coast of Holland

The man drowned in the water in Egmond An Zee
The man drowned in the water in Egmond An Zee

Kathy Armstrong

An Irishman has drowned off the coast of the Netherlands.

The man (28) died after getting into difficulty in Egmond aan Zee at around 4am on Thursday morning.

It's been reported that the man was from Co Kerry and was working as a scientist.

He was in the Netherlands this week to attend the International Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria, which finished on Thursday.

It's understood that the deceased man had been attending a party earlier in the night before they went to the beach.

The Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue said in a statement released to Independent.ie: "At 03.18 hours, the volunteers of the Egmond Rescue Brigade (ERB) and KNRM stations Egmond aan Zee, Wijk aan Zee and IJmuiden received an alarm from the Coast Guard Centre for a missing person in the sea.

“Coast Guard Helicopter police, ambulance service and the Mobile Medical Team were also alerted.

“The rescue boat Adriaan Hendrik had just been launched when the victim was found on the shoreline and the crew of the ERB began resuscitation at approximately 3.40 hours.

“The Coastal Support Vehicle transported ambulance staff to the victim.”

Police have confirmed they are treating the man's death as an accident.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed they are aware of the man's death.

A spokesman said: "The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family of the deceased who drowned in the Netherlands."

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