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Deaths of two fishermen an absolute tragedy

The deaths of two men who got into difficulty fishing off the coast of Co Donegal, is an absolute tragedy which should serve as a warning to everyone taking to the water this summer.

The victims are believed to be Lithuanian nationals living in the Republic who had gone out in a rigid inflatable boat from Teelin pier on Saturday.

Sadly, the body of one of the men was discovered washed up on the rocks at Malinbeg south of Glencolmcille on Sunday morning while the second man's body was recovered from the sea by a coastguard rescue helicopter.

It is not clear what caused this disaster but it does not appear at this stage that a distress call was sent out by the two men.

According to local people, the waters around this stretch of coastline are known to be particularly treacherous.

Unfortunately, this is yet another tragic incident for Co Donegal which has witnessed dreadful loss of life in recent years.

At this time of year it is inevitable that many people will be going out in boats and enjoying all manner of water-based leisure activities.

Every single person going out on the water must make safety their priority and ensure they are properly equipped with life jackets and distress flares.

People also need to be aware of weather conditions and heed the advice of the coastguard.

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