Friday 15 December 2017

Tributes paid to man who died in tragic Cliffs of Moher base jump

Malcolm Rowley
Malcolm Rowley
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Tributes have been paid to a much-respected member of the paragliding and parachuting community.

Malcolm Rowley, aged in his mid-forties, died yesterday in a tragic base-jumping accident.

The incident happened at around 7.00am at Aill Na Searrach part of the Cliffs of Moher range in Co Clare.

Gardaí confirmed to Independent.ie they are now investigating the sudden death.

Mr Rowley, who is based in west Cork, had gone to the area early on Saturday to undertake a so-called ‘base jump’ with two friends. Base jumping is when people jump from a fixed structure or cliff wearing a parachute or wingsuit.

It’s understood the first man completed a safe jump, however tragedy struck for Mr Rowley.

It wasn't immediately clear whether his parachute failed to open or deployed too late for the man to land safely.

The Irish Coast Guard was alerted while an ambulance, rapid response advanced paramedic unit and gardaí also responded to the scene.

The man was airlifted onto the helicopter and flown to Galway University Hospital where he was later confirmed dead.

Mr Rowley is understood to have travelled extensively with the sport and was an experienced member of the community.

One friend paid tribute online, writing; "So, so sorry to have to pass on the news of the death of my paragliding mate Malcolm Rowley while out base-jumping. Condolences to all who knew him."

Meanwhile, Councillor Danny Collins, from the Bantry area where Mr Rowley lived, said that the victim was a nice man who had frequented his bar.

"I believe he was big into his sky diving and had been at it for years," Cllr Collins said.

"I didn't know him personally but he came into the bar and was a nice, quiet guy. May he rest in peace."

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