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Ireland Man whose car was pulled from sea in Kinvara, Co Galway tragically passes away

12:50  01 november  2019
12:50  01 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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© Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited A man is fighting for his lift after his car was pulled from the sea in Co Galway . "The driver and sole occupant of the car , a man in his late 70s, was taken to University Hospital Galway in a critical condition where he later passed away .

A man is in critical condition after his car was pulled from the sea in Co Galway . The alarm was raised at around 8:10pm on Thursday night after reports of a car entering the water in Kinvara Co Galway . A search and rescue operation was launched after members of the Coast Guard and other

a group of people on a boat in the water: A man is fighting for his lift after his car was pulled from the sea in Co Galway. A man is fighting for his lift after his car was pulled from the sea in Co Galway. © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited A man is fighting for his lift after his car was pulled from the sea in Co Galway. A man is fighting for his lift after his car was pulled from the sea in Co Galway. The man whose car was pulled from the sea in Co Galway last night has tragically passed away in hospital.

The alarm was raised at around 8:10pm on Thursday night after reports of a car entering the water in Kinvara.

Gardai are now appealing for any witnesses of the incident to come forward.

A spokesman said: "Gardai are investigating a fatal road traffic incident following a car entering the sea at The Quay area of Kinvara, Galway, that occurred on 31/10/2019 at approximately 8pm.

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A man has died after his car went into the sea in Galway on Thursday. Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information, particularly any motorists who may have been in The Quay area Kinvara between 7:45pm to 8:15pm who may have dash cam footage, to come forward.

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"The driver and sole occupant of the car, a man in his late 70s, was taken to University Hospital Galway in a critical condition where he later passed away.

"Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information, particularly any motorists who may have been in The Quay area Kinvara between 7:45am - 8:15am who may have dash cam footage to come forward.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí in Galway on 091 538000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111."

The Irish Coast Guard mounted a major search and rescue operation last night and alerted a number of agencies.

Units of the fire brigade from Gort and Galway City, several National Ambulance Service resources and Gardaí responded to the incident while the Galway RNLI lifeboat was launched and dispatched to the area.

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The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard travelled to the scene by road with one of their rescue boats in tow while the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115, was also tasked to assist.

In the meantime, it’s understood a number of locals had entered the water in an effort to reach the car.

According to one witness: “They were trying to get someone out but they couldn’t. I think one of them was a diver because he knew what he was doing. The fire brigade and other emergency services started to arrive then.”

Fire service personnel, trained in water rescue, also entered the water.

According to onlookers a local trawler was used to haul the car closer to the pier.

The man was recovered from the car at around 9.00pm and efforts quickly began to resuscitate him on the quayside.

a small boat in a body of water: A man is fighting for his lift after his car was pulled from the sea in Co Galway. © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited A man is fighting for his lift after his car was pulled from the sea in Co Galway.

He was rushed to University Hospital Galway for treatment and was understood to be fighting for his life.

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A truck with a crane was sourced and the car was recovered from the water at around 9.15pm as dozens of locals looked one.

The crew of the Galway RNLI lifeboat continued a search of the harbour area while Rescue 115 hovered overhead. The helicopter crew used their aircraft’s powerful lights to illuminate the area for search teams.

Members of Doolin Coast Guard commenced a search of the shoreline however it still wasn’t clear whether any other person was missing. It’s understood locals reported they believed there were two people in the car.

In a statement, gardai said: "Shortly after 8pm (on Thursday 31/10/2019) the alarm was raised when a car entered the water off the pier at Kinvara, Co Galway.

"Gardai, local emergency services and Coast Guard were called to the scene.

"A man in his late 70s was rescued from the water a short time later and taken by Ambulance to University College Hospital Galway. (His condition is understood to be critical.)

"He was the sole occupant of the car.

"The car has since been recovered and the scene is preserved.

"Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Loughrea Garda Station on 091-842870 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111."

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