Man dies after getting into difficulty while swimming

Man dies after getting into difficulty while swimming

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Emergency services at the scene this morning – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Update:

Sunday – 11.30am

It’s now understood the man was 71-years-old with an address in Limerick.

He has been named locally as David Weldrick who previously owned a holiday home in Kilkee but was still a regular visitor to the area. Mr Weldrick was also a lecture at the University of Limerick.

In a message on Twitter, UL said: “Very sad news. Condolences to all of Dave’s family, friends and former colleagues. He leaves behind a legacy of coaching excellence at UL. RIP.”

Earlier: A man has died after he was airlifted to hospital following a swimming incident in Co Clare this morning.

The man, believed to be in his 70s, was swimming in Kilkee bay when he was reported to be in difficulty shortly after 10.00am.

Watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry were alerted soon afterwards and mounted a multi-agency search and rescue operation.

The local unit of the Irish Coast Guard responded to the incident along with Clare County Fire and Rescue Service personnel from Kilkee station, Gardaí and National Ambulance Service (NAS) paramedics. Local lifeguards also went to the scene it’s understood.

The Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115, was also tasked to the incident

The man was taken from the water on the western side of Kilkee Bay in an area know as Newfoundout. It’s understood he was brought ashore by passers-by and Coast Guard volunteers who carried out CPR.

The man was airlifted to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced dead – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The man was later airlifted from the scene to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.

A Garda spokesman confirmed: “The man was reported to have gotten into difficulty while swimming in Kilkee. He was taken from the water and airlifted to hospital were he later died. As the man passed away in Limerick, Gardaí at Roxboro Road station in Limerick will deal with the incident.”

Gardaí will investigate the tragedy and prepare a report for the local coroner who will hold an inquest at a later date.

Emergency services personnel involved in the incident attended a debriefing meeting at Kilkee Coast Guard station afterwards. The Coast Guard has also expressed gratitude to the members of the public and local lifeguards who assisted at the incident.

The scene the tragedy in Kilkee – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019
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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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