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Man confirmed dead after rescue operation in Avoca River

A second person managed to get out of the water and raised the alarm.

Image: Irish Coast Guard via Facebook

Updated: 09:12

A MAN HAS DIED after being rescued from the Avoca River in Arklow, Co Wicklow in the early hours of this morning.

The Coast Guard was called in at about 4.30 this morning after reports of a number of people getting into difficulty, with gardaí, the ambulance service and the fire service already at the scene.

One person managed to get out of the water to raise the alarm and after a search by two Coast Guard units, the Arklow lifeboat and the Coast Guard helicopter, a man in his early 40s was recovered. He subsequently passed away.

A spokesperson for the Coast Guard told TheJournal.ie that gardaí are now satisfied that only two people were involved, after initial confusion suggested up to four people may have been in trouble, and the operation has now stood down.

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