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Wednesday 25 May 2016

Man (70) dies of heart attack inside lift

By Allison Bray

Published 07/07/2012

Staff at a small office complex were in shock last night after the body of a 70-year-old man was found in a lift following a power outage.

Paul Lappin, owner of Workspace, on Mayoralty Street, Drogheda, Co Louth, said a worker from the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children discovered the body at around 5.45 last night. The victim is believed to have lived in the Stameen area of the town.

The worker immediately alerted gardai and emergency services but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where a post-mortem is to be conducted later today.

Gardai are not treating the case as suspicious. It is understood the victim suffered a heart attack following a visit to the Unite office in the building.

But Mr Lappin said he does not believe the man was trapped inside the lift during the electrical failure because the lift's emergency bell and lights were still functioning despite the power outage.

"The staff got a shock but who wouldn't? I saw the body and I'm in shock myself," Mr Lappin said last night.

Meanwhile, a 51-year-old man died in hospital after he got into difficulty while swimming yesterday at Whitestrand, about 4km from Spanish Point, Co Clare.

It is understood that the man, named locally as Sean O'Sullivan from Ennis, had a mobile home in the area and swam at Whitestrand regularly.

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