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Fisherman drowned after sea fall
Criccieth beach
Mr McCabe's body was carried over the Irish Sea
A man drowned after he fell from a fishing boat into the sea off Ireland, an inquest on Anglesey has heard.

The crew mates of Patrick McCabe, 61, from Dundalk, County Louth, told how they desperately tried to save him on 1 November last year.

His body was carried across the Irish Sea to a remote Lleyn Peninsula beach where it was discovered three weeks later on 26 November.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded.

Mr McCabe's body was only found, the inquest in Llangefni heard, because environment agency worker David Arwyn Williams happened to be working at the isolated spot near Criccieth.

Mr Williams said the next high tide would have washed the body out to sea again.

Life buoy

Cousins Peter and Vincent Mulligan, part-owners of the Boyn Harvester fishing vessel, told how they were on their second fishing trip of the day on 1 November last year when Mr McCabe fell overboard.

Vincent Mulligan said he saw Mr McCabe kneeling near the fishing equipment, then he saw "his legs go over the back of the boat".

Vincent Mulligan said he called to Peter Mulligan to reverse the boat to where their crew mate had fallen overboard.

They got as close as they could and tried to throw him a life buoy, he said.

At one stage it looked as if the rope was "between his hands" said Vincent Mulligan, but then he "just disappeared".

Coroner Nicola Jones told the inquest she was satisfied that Mr McCabe was "competent and sufficiently experienced for the fishing trip undertaken".

Although there was nothing to say why he fell off, it would seem that he had simply lost his balance, she added.

"I am satisfied the Mulligans reacted quickly and did everything they could to get him back into the boat," she said.

Recording a verdict of death by accident she told Mr McCabe's family that fishing was a dangerous occupation and that she hoped the fact that his body had been found was a "crumb of comfort".






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