Tuesday 25 June 2019

Baltinglass man dies while out cycling

A Baltinglass resident sadly passed away following a cycling accident in west Wicklow on Friday.

The man, named locally as Jonathan Booth, aged in his mid-forties, was reported missing by family members, after he failed to return home from a cycle on forest tracks near Rathdangan.

The alarm was raised in the early hours of Saturday morning and at 7.30 a.m. Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team were tasked by An Garda Síochána to assist in a large scale search operation.

Mr Booth's car was located by gardaí, parked at a forestry entrance and Dublin & Wicklow, Glen of Imaal, and South Eastern mountain rescue teams, Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA), Garda Air Support Unit, and the Civil Defence were all tasked to assist in the search.

Sadly, the cyclist's body was discovered in the late morning and the search was stood down just before 1 p.m.

It is understood that Mr Booth passed away as the result of an accident while out on his bike.

The deceased man is reported to have moved to the Baltinglass area less than two years ago and is originally from Belfast.

Wicklow People