Thursday 22 February 2018

Man dies after getting into difficulty in river

University Hospital Cork
University Hospital Cork
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A MIDDLE-aged man has lost his fight for his life after being rescued from the water in Cork.

The man was spotted floating face down in water near the Regional Park in Ballincollig shortly before 6pm on Wednesday evening.

A group of people out walking spotted the man in the water, realised he was in difficulty and rushed to his aid.

He was immediately brought ashore and locals commenced cardiac pulmonary resuscitation.

Gardaí and paramedics were at the scene within minutes and the man was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

He was admitted in a critical condition but, despite the best efforts of doctors to stabilise his condition, he died overnight.

Locals said the man had apparently gone into the water to enjoy a swim and to cool down from the later afternoon heat.

It remains unclear whether the man had gotten ill in the water or if he had gotten into difficulties while swimming.

The man is understood to be from the Ballincollig area.

It is believed that he entered the water alone only a short time before 6pm.

He had been socialising on shore with others before he had entered the water.

The incident came as Irish Water Safety and the Irish Coastguard urged people to exercise extreme care near water.

The RNLI said that its rate of call-out has spiralled over the past few weeks given the fine weather and the number of people enjoying water sports.

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