Wednesday 17 July 2019

Man (20s) dies after being rescued from the sea off the Donegal coast

Rescue 118 helicopter Stock picture
Rescue 118 helicopter Stock picture

Stephen Maguire

A YOUNG man has died after being recovered from the sea off the Donegal coast.

The man, aged in his mid-20s, was found in the Ballyshannon Estuary in Co Donegal and was rushed to Sligo University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The man was spotted by a passer-by after midday and the emergency services were notified by the Malin Head Coastguard station who co-ordinated the rescue.

Members of the Rescue 118 helicopter along with Gardai and members of the Bundoran Lifeboat crew rushed to the scene and began a search.

After an intensive search of the area took place and the man was spotted a short time later.

Weather conditions during the search were very challenging with heavy rain and gusting winds.

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