Report into man's death at sea includes photographs

Wed, Nov 21, 2012, 00:00

A report into the drowning of a man who went out fishing off Kilkee, Co Clare includes photographs of him moments before his dinghy capsized in waves.

The 52-year-old had no safety or communications equipment with him, an inquiry has found.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has issued its final report into the November 2011 tragedy which claimed the life of Latvian national Armands Silins.

On November 5th last year, Mr Silins took his 2.97m Seahawk 11 inflatable dinghy out to sea near Kilkee without an engine, personal flotation device, emergency flares or any form of communications.

The dinghy capsized in heavy waters, with a swell of 2.5m, in an enclosed bay north of Donegal Point.

Mr Silins held on to the overturned dinghy for a time but was eventually separated from the craft and drowned.

Mr Silins, who had been living in the Kilrush area for some 10 years, was subsequently recovered by Kilkee Marine Rescue Service.

The photographs were taken by local man William Ryan, who witnessed the tragedy and raised the alarm.

Speaking following publication of the report, Mr Ryan said: "This was an awful tragedy but people are still going out in small dinghies without safety equipment.

"I hope, now that the report has been published, people will pay heed and not take chances going out in places like Kilkee and that all the safety recommendations are implemented."