Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Fisherman dies after falling into sea in Co Derry

Coleraine Coastguard at the scene in Portstewart earlier this afternoon
Coleraine Coastguard at the scene in Portstewart earlier this afternoon

A man has died after after falling into the sea while fishing in Portstewart.

The fisherman was pulled from the chilly waters following a full-scale rescue operation involving a helicopter just before 5pm this afternoon.

He was recovered from the water and taken to Portstewart Harbour where an ambulance was waiting to take him to the nearby Causeway hospital.

But it was reported the victim had died from his injuries.

It's understood two other fishermen nearby had heard the man fall into the water before rushing to his aid.

The Coleraine Coastguard Rescue Team, the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat from Portrush, Portstewart RNLI Beach Lifeguards and the Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue Helicopter from Sligo had been sent to the scene.

Watch manager at Belfast Coastguard Gary Young said the area where the victim had fallen in was dangerous.

"It appears that this man had been fishing from the rocks near Portstewart," he said.

"Rocks can be dangerous and slippery so consider whether there is anywhere safer to fish. As there is little to hold onto even a small wave can wash you off.

"We also recommend that you wear a lifejacket and check weather and tidal conditions before setting off. Tell a shore contact where you are going and when you intend to be back. Tell them to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you don’t return on time."

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