Tragedy hits two north west communities

Two communities in the region are coming to terms with weekend tragedies.

The bodies of two men were recovered from the water off the coast of Donegal while an elderly man lost his life in a tractor accident in West Sligo.

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two men at Malinbeg in County Donegal yesterday.

The bodies of a man in his 50s and another man in his 40s were taken from the water close to the area yesterday afternoon.
The body of the man in his 50s was discovered at approximately 10.30am by a local farmer who then raised the alarm with local emergency services.

It is understood the second man’s body was found at around 12.15pm following a search by the Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter.

Lifeboats from Aranmore, Bundoran and the Killybegs coast guard were also involved in the search.

Ocean FM News understands that the men had left Teelin Pier near Carrick in the parish of Glencolumbkille on Saturday. They were fishing and the rib in which the men had been travelling in had washed up at rocks close to Malinbeg shortly after their bodies were found.

Both men’s remains were removed to Letterkenny University Hospital for post mortem investigations.

Local Councillor Niamh Kennedy said has caused huge shock and upset in the area.

Post mortem’s on two men – believed to be Lithuanian nationals – are due to be carried out today.

It’s emerged one of them was NOT wearing a life jacket when he was found.

Divisional Controller with the Irish Coast Guard is John Draper:


Meanwhile, a man in his 70s died following a single vehicle tractor accident in West Sligo on Saturday afternoon.

It occurned on a cul de sac off the N59 between Ballina and Dromore West, close to Culleens.