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ONE MAN has died after drowning in West Clare.On Sunday afternoon, an alarm was raised shortly after 2pm when one man fell and was pulled out to sea in Kilkee.

The Clare Echo understands that the man from Kilrush was picking seaweed before he lost his footing and was dragged out to sea.

Rescue 115 was tasked to Kilkee for a search and rescue operation along with Aran Islands RNLI All Weather Lifeboat, Kilkee Irish Coast Guard Unit, HSE National Ambulance Service and local Gardaí. The units were stood down shortly after the man’s body was recovered north of George’s Head.

He was pronounced dead at Kilkee coastguard station. From here, his body was taken to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem is to be carried out.

An investigation into what led to the tragedy will be conducted by An Garda Síochána, sources have confirmed.

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