Sunday 20 October 2019

Tragic death of an elderly man at bog

Paul Deering

The death of an elderly man in the Moylough area of Tubbercurry is being treated as a tragic accident.

The man, Martin McGuinn from Moylough, who lived alone and was in his early 80’s, had been reported missing on Thursday evening last (December 27th) when he failed to return home and a search operation got underway.

His funeral took place yesterday (Tuesday) to Rhue Cemetery following Mass of the Resurrection at 12.30pm at St. Patrick’s Church, Moylough. He was predeceased by his wife Kathleen.

Local searches got underway around 4pm and the Gardaí were subsequently contacted on Thursday night when there was no sign of the man. The Sligo/Leitrim Mountain Rescue team were tasked just after midnight along with the Coastguard Rescue 118 helicopter based at Sligo Airport in Strandhill. The search concentrated on a boggy area of land and this was where the deceased’s car was subsequently found. Shortly after the body of the elderly man was located some one hundred yards away.

The deceased had land either side of a road going through the bog and it is believed he may have slipped and fallen. The area was described as quite treacherous underfoot. The Coastguard helicopter removed the body from the scene around 1.30am and it was subsequently brought to Sligo University Hospital where a post mortem took place. Gardaí are treating the death as a tragic accident.

Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team Leader Iain Mounsey was at the scene of the tragic incident. “Gardaí were alerted at 2200hrs that this local man had failed to return home. Mountain Rescue were then tasked by the Gardaí to assist in a search and recovery operation. Despite the lateness of the hour we had seven team members mobilised and enroute within twenty minutes of being called.

“The missing man’s car was located in a remote boggy area close to the Mayo border and tragically the man’s remains were located within 100 metres of the car in soft boggy land. The Coastguard Helicopter based at Strandhill was on site and was able to remove the deceased from the scene in a dignified manner.”

“This was a sad event especially at this time of year and we would like to extend our condolences to the man’s family, we also wish to thank and commend our fellow emergency services with whom we have a close working relationship. This incident comes directly after the airlifting of an injured walker from Knocknarea Mountain and outlines for us the reasons why we continue to provide a public service.”

The woman suffered a broken leg when she fell while climbing Knocknarea in the afternoon of St Stephen’s Day. She was winched from the mountain by the Coastguard helicopter and subsequently brought to Sligo University Hospital for treatment.

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