Dad of boy who drowned in quarry with pal dies off Lahinch beach
Fran Harding drowned off popular Co Clare seashore which is popular with local surfers
Fran Harding got into trouble while swimming off Lahinch beach at about 10.40am. Photograph: Google Maps
A man who died after getting into difficulty while swimming off Lahinch, Co Clare, on Sunday morning had lost his son in a double drowning tragedy two years ago.
Emergency services received several calls warning that Mr Harding was in trouble while swimming off Lahinch beach, which is popular with surfers, at about 10.40am.
Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter Rescue 115 arrived at the scene shortly before 11am and lifted the man from the water.
The helicopter landed Mr Harding on the beach where attempts to resuscitate him began with assistance from the National Ambulance Service.
A short time later, he was returned to the helicopter and flown to University Hospital Limerick. A Garda spokeswoman said he was pronounced dead at the Limerick hospital on Sunday afternoon.
A spokesman for the Coast Guard said that its nearby Doolin and Kilkee units were alerted and that the Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat was sent to the incident.
“Profound sadness across the county yesterday afternoon as we learned of the tragic drowning of Fran Harding at Lahinch,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the community.”