Man who died in overnight fishing tragedy off the coast of Donegal named locally

Huge sadness across Kilcar as local fisherman dies in overnight tragedy

Man who died in overnight fishing tragedy named locally

The man who died in an overnight fishing tragedy off the coast of Donegal has been named locally as James 'Dearg' Byrne, from Cashel, Kilcar.

Mr Byrne was understood to be aged in his 70's.

The Coast Guard was initially alerted at 8.30pm to a boat on the rocks in Donegal Bay. It was believed a person was missing from the vessel.

A co-ordinared operation was undertaken by Arranmore and Bundoran RNLI, as well as members of the Coast Guard in Killybegs and Sligo.

A body was recovered from the water near Teelin shortly after 11pm

The late Mr Byrne’s remains will leave the Eternal Light Chapel of Rest, Mountain Top, Letterkenny, this afternoon to arrive at his home at 6pm this evening, Thursday, August 27.

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