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Galway fisherman dies after becoming overcome by fumes on trawler

A second man remains in a critical condition.

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Updated Tuesday at 10.08 am

A GALWAY FISHERMAN has died after becoming overcome by fumes while working on a fishing trawler in Donegal.

A second man is fighting for his life after the incident in Killlybegs that occurred when the men were cleaning the tanks on the Galway registered trawler.

One of the men fell unconscious and the second man then went to help him and was also overcome by the fumes.

Local councillor Niamh Kennedy told yesterday that it’s believed that the fumes came from stagnant water, with hydrogen sulphide and ammonia being emitted from the dead fish matter on board.

Both men were taken Letterkenny General Hospital but one of the men, a fisherman from Galway, has now died.

The second man, who is believed to be from outside Ireland, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) confirmed it is investigating the incident.

- With reporting from Rónán Duffy

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