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Seaweed Picker Dies After Being Swept Out to Sea Off West Clare

24th January 2022
The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115
File image of the Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115, which was part of the multi-agency response off West Clare on Sunday Credit: Irish Coast Guard

RTÉ News reports that a man in his 30s has died after he was swept out to sea while picking seaweed on the West Clare coast on Sunday (23 January).

The man’s body was recovered in a multi-agency response on Sunday afternoon less than an hour after the alarm was raised.

It’s understood that the man had been picking seaweed on the shore near Farrihy Bay north of Kilkee when he lost his footing and fell into the water.

Elsewhere, a surfing instructor has urged for greater awareness of water safety after his rescue of a father and son who capsized while kayaking in Portrush in Northern Ireland on Sunday.

Dave Hamill told the Belfast Telegraph that the pair were “humbled” after being caught unawares by a rip current, saying that “is not the first time people have gotten into difficulty from lack of water safety awareness”.

He added: “It’s a scary world and it’s the sort of story that needs more attention for sure.”

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MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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