Man pulled from the sea after being spotted by motorist in Kinsale

A man in his 60s was in a critical condition in Cork University Hospital last night after being pulled from the sea in Kinsale, Co Cork.

The man was rescued after a motorist spotted him face down in the water.

The motorist, who had been swimming earlier with a group of friends, was about to drive home just after 6pm when he noticed someone lying face down in the water.

At first I thought he might be looking at something on the seabed, but then I realised he wasn’t moving,” said the rescuer.

He reversed his car 100m to the slipway and alerted people to the fact that there was someone in difficulty in the water, and asked a paddleboarder to go to scene and turn the man face-up as quickly as possible.

The paddleboard was used to transport the man to nearby rocks, where other swimmers helped remove him from the water.

The man’s wife was on the shore at the time and his daughter was swimming nearby.

It is understood the man had a heart complaint.

Onlookers contacted the emergency services and attempts were made to resuscitate the swimmer. Sandycove Island Swimming Club had a defibrillator installed a number of years ago and it was used in the rescue effort by a local woman trained in defibrillation. As that situation was unfolding, two local doctors who had gone for a swim also arrived on the scene to give assistance.

CPR and mouth-to-mouth were administered until the ambulance arrived. The Coast Guard and the rapid response unit also attended.

The man was subsequently airlifted to hospital about 90 minutes after the incident occurred.

One onlooker, who had been swimming in Sandycove, said he saw the man enter the water in a wetsuit, as he was on his way out.

The area is a well-known, safe, and popular swimming spot among locals, as well as the swimming club. Children swim there regularly, as well as those training for major events such as swimming the Channel.

Conditions at the time of the incident were described as benign.

It is believed the man had recently returned to Kinsale after living in Malta.


Related Articles

Cork city flood scheme protesters eye local elections

Gardaí in Cork make three arrests in Operation Joyrider

Legal threat to OPW’s flood works in Bandon

Women’s Enterprise Day: Go forth and be successful

More in this Section

Glanmire residents face 20-week wait for ministerial approval for €8.5m flood relief plan


Breaking Stories

DUP: Extended transition period would not solve key EU backstop problem

Court hears grandmother wants to become permanent carer of three grandchildren

Tipperary youth settles for €2m after he was hit by pensioner who mounted footpath

Home of Quinn Industrial Holdings executive targeted in apparent arson attack

Breaking Stories

David Beckham admits marriage is ‘hard work’: Is it normal for long-term relationships to be tough?

On World Menopause Day: 5 myths you really need to stop believing

Photography awards capture life at its wildest

This is how to stay healthy as a new parent – according to The Body Coach

More From The Irish Examiner