Northern Ireland

John McCourt dies after falling into the sea at Fanad Head, County Donegal

John McCourt Image copyright PACEMAKER
Image caption 58-year-old John McCourt was a keen photographer

The man who died after falling from a cliff into the sea in County Donegal has been named locally as John McCourt from Antrim.

The 58-year old fell close to Fanad Head lighthouse at 15:00 BST on Sunday.

Mr McCourt was recovered from the sea and received first aid at the scene.

He was then airlifted to Letterkenny Hospital, but was later pronounced dead.

'Emergency broadcast'

Ian Scott, station officer at Malin Head Coast Guard in County Donegal, said Irish Coast Guard staff made an emergency broadcast when they received the 999 call. A local boat that was in the area responded and went to the man's aid.

"We also tasked our coast guard helicopter from Sligo, both Lough Swilly lifeboats and also our fast response coast guard team from Mulroy," he said.

The station officer added: "All the search and rescue units arrived on the scene and our coast guard team from Mulroy managed to recover the man from the water, they administered CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

"He was then transferred to the coast guard helicopter and flown to Letterkenny Hospital."

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