Man killed in fishing accident near Kilkee

Man killed in fishing accident near Kilkee

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The accident happened close to where another man died tragically in 2004 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A man has died following a fishing accident in Co Clare this afternoon.

The victim had been fishing with another man at Castle Point near Kilkee in the west of the county when the tragedy occurred at around 2.30pm.

The victim is understood to be a man in his 40s from Poland.

It’s believed he was struck by a freak wave and washed into the sea. A couple parked nearby raised the alarm after they were approached a distressed man.

Watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry mounted and coordinated a multi-agency search and rescue operation.

The Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard was alerted long with the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter. The Kilrush (Clare) RNLI lifeboat was placed on standby while another lifeboat was dispatched from Fenit in Co Kerry.

The man’s fishing companion made his way down to the rocks but was unable to help him. Conditions in the area at the time were said to be ‘rough’ with a strong onshore wind.

The scene of the tragedy near Kilkee – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

After arriving at the scene, the crew of Rescue 115 conducted an initial search however sight of the man had been lost by those observing from the shore.

At around 3.20pm, the helicopter crew spotted the casualty in the water about 100m from where he had fallen. The helicopter winchman/paramedic was winched down to recover the man’s body from the water. He was flown to Shannon Airport from where he was transferred to University Hospital Limerick.

A post-mortem examination will be conducted on the man while Gardaí from Kilrush will carry out an investigation into the tragedy and prepare a file for the county coroner who will hold an inquest in due course.

Gardaí have appealed to anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have witnessed the incident, to contact them on 065 9080550.

The accident happened close to where a Hungarian man died almost two years ago and where a Dublin man slipped from the nearby cliffs in 2004.

Kilkee Coast Guard volunteers at the scene this afternoon – 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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