Fisherman drowns off Co Donegal coast

Man went overboard from crabbing vessel 70 miles northwest of Arranmore Island

A young fisherman has drowned after he went overboard while fishing on a crabbing vessel off the Co Donegal coast overnight.

The incident happened 70 miles northwest of Arranmore Island.

The Malin Head Coast Guard radio station received a mayday call at about 8.30pm.

A spokesperson confirmed to Donegal Daily that the Coast Guard co-ordinated a rescue mission involving the Rescue 118 helicopter and Arranmore lifeboat.


Weather conditions were described as challenging, with three-to-four-metre swells and high winds.

The man was recovered from the water, but despite the best efforts of his crewmates, who attempted CPR, he was pronounced dead on board.

The Rescue 118 helicopter and the Arranmore lifeboat were subsequently stood down.

The crabbing vessel on which the man died is based out of Ballyglass in Co Mayo. The boat is returning to Ballyglass with the dead man’s remains and is being met by local gardaí.

The man’s identity was not being released until all family members had been informed, but it is understood he is in his late 20s.

A spokesperson for Malin Head Coast Guard extended its sympathies to the dead man’s family and his crewmates.