*Photograph: John Mangan

ONE MAN has died and another has been rescued after falling into the sea in Kilkee.

Emergency services received a report shortly after 3pm on Wednesday that a man had fallen into the sea from a cliff at Dunlicky, Kilkee.

It is understood that the man was fishing with another male when the accident occurred. An onlooker flagged the alarm with emergency services.

Kilkee’s unit of the Irish Coast Guard attended the scene along with the Shannon-based Rescue 115 helicopter. The operation was overseen with by Valentia Coast Guard with further assistance from Ballybunion Coast Guard and the Kilkee Fire Service.

At around 5pm, the man’s body was located but efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful, he was formally pronounced dead at the scene with his body airlifted from the cliffs by Rescue 115 and transported to University Hospital Kerry.

A post-mortem is to be carried out at University Hospital Kerry.

No serious injuries were sustained by the second man who had attempted to help the casualty but was found stranded on a cliff edge. After he was successfully rescued, he was transported by ambulance to hospital.

Kilkee and the Loop Head Peninsula has been described as “a sombre place” in the aftermath of the tragedy.

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