Family of Donegal man seriously injured in Sydney fall have flown out to be by his side

Update 11am: The family of a young Irishman who suffered a serious fall in Australia have flown out to be by his side, writes Stephen Maguire.

21-year-old Shaun Dunworth is in a serious condition in hospital in Sydney.

Police found the injured Co Donegal man lying on the road under the High Street overpass at North Sydney on Saturday last.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was shut down following the discovery of the injured man who is originally from the town of Ramelton.

Shaun Dunworth and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

It is understood he may have fallen from the overpass or been a pedestrian on the road and was hit when he attempted to cross the road.

Local police cordoned off the scene over the weekend and have launched a full investigation into the possible cause of the incident.

Shaun was treated at the scene for serious head injury and was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital in a serious condition.

Donegal County Councillor Ian McGarvey is a relative of the injured man.

He said Shaun is in a critical condition and everyone is praying that he pulls through.

Unfortunately Shaun has been seriously injured as a result of what appears to have been a fall.

"The information his family are getting is not completely clear but he is in a critical condition. He is serious but we don’t know the exact extent of his injuries,” he said.

Shaun travelled with friends to Australia earlier this year and is understood to be working there.

He had previously worked and lived in Glasgow.

Councillor McGarvey said the entire town of Ramelton has Shaun and his family in their prayers.

His parents, Karen and Stephen, flew out to Australia yesterday to be by their son’s bedside at St Vincent’s Hospital.

“You always have concern for young people that go anywhere and you fear the things that might happen to them.

“He is well-known in the town and has a lot of friends here and there is widespread concern here for him.

Unfortunately these kind of freak things happen and this is just one of those things.

“The family have gone out but only when they get there and report back will there be any accurate information regarding the situation.

"It is a very worrying time for the entire family circle and our thoughts and prayers are with them all.

"Hopefully, he will make a full recovery but we just don't know what will happen until the family gets more information," he added.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family.

Update 9.12am: Family of Donegal man seriously injured in Sydney fall fly to Australia; Police investigating the incident

Police in Australia are investigating the circumstances around an incident which left a young man Irishman seriously injured.

21-year-old Shaun Dunworth from Donegal was found lying on the road near the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Sydney Harbour Bridge.

It is believed he suffered head injuries following a fall.

His family have flown out to be by his side and The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance.

Donegal County Councillor Ian McGarvey is a relative of the young man and says it has come as a shock to the family.

He said: "It is such a shock for any family, everybody's thoughts seem to be with them and hoping that please God all will work out and he will get ok and get over the incident."

Earlier: Donegal man in serious condition after suffering head injuries in Sydney fall

A young Donegal man is in serious condition after suffering head injuries in a fall in Sydney Australia yesterday.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was shut down for a time after the man, in his twenties, was discovered lying on the road on the High Street overpass near the bridge.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is monitoring the case and providing consular assistance.


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