A man dies after getting into trouble while swimming in Co Clare Lake


A man has died after getting into trouble while swimming in a lake in Co Clare last night.

The alarm went off around 6:30 p.m. at Ballyalla Lake, on the outskirts of the town of Ennis.

The man, believed to be in his late 40s, is said to have dove into the water at the old pier at the south end of the popular local establishment.

It is believed the man was seen diving into the water but did not resurface. It is also believed that a number of young men, seeing him diving, jumped after him and managed to reach him and bring him to the surface and then to the lake shore.

The local lifeguard also rushed to the rescue, while Gardaí, the National Ambulance Service and the Irish Coastguard were alerted.

The Shannon-based Irish Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 115, which at the time had been dealing with another incident at Doonbeg on the Clare coast, was redeployed from that mission to the unfolding incident at Ennis.

The Irish Coastguard’s Doolin unit, which had also been assigned to the Doonbeg incident, was also diverted to the Ennis scene.

The man’s resuscitation attempts lasted until the arrival of the emergency doctor. Despite efforts by some people to revive the man, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 115 rescue helicopter landed in a field near the lake in case the victim needed to be flown to hospital, but the helicopter was grounded after it was confirmed the man had died.

The man’s body was taken to the mortuary at Limerick University Hospital where an autopsy is being carried out.

Gardaí will also conduct an investigation into the tragedy and prepare a file for the county coroner, who will conduct an investigation at a later date.

A Garda spokesman confirmed members were present at the scene of the incident.

“A man had jumped into the water from the old pier. Gardaí and local people helped the man and he was pulled out of the water. The man was later pronounced dead,” they said.

“The man’s body was then moved from the scene to the Limerick morgue,” they added.

The incident came as the current heat wave continued and many people visited popular water features and seaside spots to enjoy the weather and cool off from the heat. A man dies after getting into trouble while swimming in Co Clare Lake

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