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Report says lifejacket could have saved Carna fisherman

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Marine Casualty Investigation Board is recommending that fishermen and women wear lifejackets at all times when out on the water.

The recommendation is made in the report into the death of 43-year old Gerard Folan at Dooyeher, Carna at Mac Dara Island off the Galway Coast last year.

Gerard Folan had gone out on his boat, the ‘Carraig Ainne’, at 12.30p.m on April 23rd last year to check lobster pots off Deer Island west of Mace Head.

When he didn’t return, the alarm was raised and an air and sea search was launched after 9 o’ clock that night.

His body was discovered the next morning at Mac Dara Island near Carna.

The post mortem examination revealed that he drowned with elevated levels of ethanol as a contributory factor.

Apart from recommending that fishers wear lifejackets at all times, the Board recommends that anyone going out on the sea must comply with legislation regarding the consumption of alcohol and drugs.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board concluded that Gerard Folan fell overboard while the engine was still running and was not wearing a lifejacket.

It says, had the engine stopped, with the use of kill cord, he would have easily swam back to the boat, as he was a strong swimmer.

The Board also concluded that there was undue delay in raising the alarm, when Gerard Folan had not returned by 4p.m.

It also wants the ‘Code of Practice for Fishing Vessels’ amended to include a requirement for a kill switch and extendable cord.

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UHG second most overcrowded hospital nationwide

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway is the second most overcrowded hospital nationwide today.

47 patients are waiting at the emergency department at the city acute hospital.

Cork University Hospital is the most overcrowded with 50 patients.

Latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show 365 admitted patients are waiting for beds around the country this morning.

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Tuam Councillor hits out at those behind Tuam violence

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Tuam County Councillor has hit out at those involved in yesterday’s violent incident in Tuam in which seven people were injured at a cemetery in the town.

Armed officers attended the scene at the cemetery on the Athenry road at 4pm, after violence broke out.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

Five men and two women were taken to University Hospital Galway, with non life-threatening injuries.

Two funerals took place yesterday in the town and local Councillor Donagh Killilea has stated that the violence which broke out that afternoon was not connected to the bereaved families.

It’s believed the incident is related to an ongoing local feud in the town.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Local Councillor Donagh Killilea says he and others are now working to broker a peace deal with those involved as the people of Tuam have had enough of the violence….

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Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests completed in Galway over last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests were carried out at Galway’s two testing bases in the last week.

The Galway Airport site completed 4,186 tests in the period.

In the city, the Forster Street site carried out an additional 1,442 tests.

Latest figures show 721 Covid 19 cases were recorded in Galway over the last 14 days.

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