Belfast Telegraph

Drowned fishermen were friends from Lithuania

Two men who drowned on a weekend fishing trip have been named as friends originally from Lithuania.

Rimantas Barauskas, aged in his 50s, was found dead on the shore at Malinbeg, near Carrick, Co Donegal at around 10.30am on Sunday morning.

A local farmer had spotted his body on an inaccessible stretch of shoreline and called in the emergency services.

A short while later, Raimundas Jezdauskas, understood to be aged in his 30s, was found in the water by an Irish Coast Guard crew searching the sea close to Malinbeg.

Mr Barauskas had been living in Oldcastle, Co Meath while Mr Jezdauskas had been living in Ballymahon, Co Longford and they are believed to have travelled to Donegal for a fishing trip.

Only one of the men was wearing a life jacket, Irish Coast Guard chiefs have said.

Their deaths will be investigated by the Marine Casualty Investigations Board and a file is being prepared for the local coroner's office.

The men are understood to have left in a 5m rigid inflatable boat from Teelin pier after lunchtime on Saturday.

A car understood to have been used by the two men was still parked at the pier side later that night.

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