• News

LATEST: One of two men rescued on Lough Ree has died

Friday, 21st March, 2014 9:15am
Jump to comments
LATEST: One of two men rescued on Lough Ree has died
LATEST: One of two men rescued on Lough Ree has died

One of two men rescued on Lough Ree yesterday has died in hospital.
The 27-year-old fisherman is reported to have died overnight after being brought to Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe and later transferred to Galway.


Another man remains in a critical condition in hospital, while the search for a missing third man resumed at first light this morning on the lake.


The RNLI lifeboat crew, the Coastguard helicopter and local sub-aqua clubs are believed to be coordinating the search along with the Garda Water Unit.


The trio are understood be part of angling group from Armagh, who got into difficulty when their boat capsized in windy conditions shortly after leaving Hodson Bay yesterday afternoon.


The alarm was raised by a local man when he witnessed the group setting off for Carnagh in a 15 foot boat yesterday afternoon.  Conditions on the lake were described at the time as gusty with a force five to six wind.  


Lough Ree RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched just after 3.20pm and came upon a man in the water at 4pm.  They recovered the semi-conscious casualty onto the lifeboat and transported him to Hodson Bay where he was handed over to a waiting ambulance.


The lifeboat crew immediately returned to the scene to continue the search and located a second man in the water at 5.15pm.  He was again transferred by lifeboat back to Hodson Bay and met by ambulance, and is said to in a critical condition in hospital today.
 




€50 for 6 months (24 editions) of the Westmeath Independents. Ideal gift for those who have everything. Subscribe for free here.

Post a Comment

Group Publications

Cookies on Westmeath Independent website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Westmeath Independent website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
How does Westmeath Independent use cookies?
Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
We don’t sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
Hide Message