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Members of Killaloe Coastguard Unit who were involved in the rescue of four men on Friday night. Photograph by John Kelly.

Man dies near Killaloe bridge


A man in his late fifties died after suffering what is believed to be a suspected heart attack near Killaloe bridge on Friday afternoon.

It is understood that the man, who is from the Nenagh area, fell into the water near the St Flannan’s Fishing Club boathouse just south of Killaloe bridge.

Killaloe Coastguard were tasked to a report of a man in the water just south of Killaloe bridge at 5.15 pm on Friday afternoon.

It is understood that the man was walking along a slipway near the boathouse suffered a suspected heart attack and fell into the lake.

He was pulled out of the water by two people who immediately started Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Head officer in charge of Killaloe Coastguard, Joe Doolan was one of the first to arrive on the scene and he also performed CPR before he was joined by one of his coastguad colleagues, Nick Speed Andrews, who is a qualified emergency medical technician.

Most of the emergency services including the Shannon-based Rescue helicopter R115 were on the scene in about ten minutes.

An advanced paramedic from the rescue helicopter used a defibrillator to try and revive the man after the R115 landed safely in the nearby Clarisford rugby grounds.

Members of Killaloe Coastguards and other emergency personnel took the casualty into the 115 and he was airlifted to University Hospital Limerick, where he was officially pronounced dead.

This is the third deceased casualty that Killaloe Coastguard has rescued this year following different incidents in Castleconnell and Clonlara earlier this year.

Dan Danaher

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