Man in his 50s drowns in the sea in Co. Clare

Man in his 50s drowns in the sea in Co. Clare

One man has died and another has been saved following an incident on Wednesday afternoon in West Clare.

Emergency services received a report that someone had fallen into the sea from a cliff near Dunlicky, southwest of Kilkee, at around 3.15 p.m.

The victim was reportedly fishing with another man at the time, according to reports.

The marine rescue coordination centre of the Irish Coast Guard in County Kerry swiftly launched a search and rescue operation. The Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter was assigned, along with the Coast Guard's Kilkee division.

While other members drove there, volunteers from the Kilkee Coast Guard launched their rescue boat and headed there.

It is believed that several swimmers who were near the slipway prevented the rescue boat from leaving the dock.

After conducting a search, Rescue 115 quickly found the man and pulled him from the water. The individual was formally declared dead at the site after all attempts to revive him failed.

Post-mortem examination will be performed at University Hospital Kerry in Tralee where the victim's body was taken.

Garda representative verified that the man was in his 50s.

A second individual, who is thought to have down the rocks to aid the victims, was discovered stranded on a cliff edge and unable to descend to safety.

The helicopter crew noticed him and informed the ground crews. Then a rescue effort was started for him.

While additional services were called, Kilkee Coast Guard volunteers were able to restrain the man with a rope.

It is assumed that the man did not sustain any significant wounds.

The Coast Guard's Doolin and Ballybunion units were also given a duty, however they were stood down while en route when it became clear that the man had been safely saved.