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Mussel farmer killed in diving accident while helping friend

Marty Nee died in a drowning incident off the coast of Galway on Saturday evening.
May 30th 2016, 4:04 PM 25,302 2

A FISHERMAN HAS died in a drowning incident while assisting a friend off the coast of Galway.

Marty Nee was diving near Leenaun on Saturday afternoon when he ran into difficulties.

He had been a well-known among the shellfish community around Ireland and ran his business Marty’s Mussels with his wife Catherine.

“It would be a huge shock to everyone in the industry and to everyone who knew him locally,” said Richie Flynn, the secretary of the Irish Shellfish Association.

“He leaves behind a young family and they would be very well known in mussel farming.”

Marty Nee, aged in his 40s, had been running his business in the area since the early 2000s.

Through it he had been one of the suppliers for Taste the Atlantic, an initiative run through the Irish Sea Fisheries Board.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the board said that the news had come as a shock.

“Our thoughts are going out to everyone in his family at this time,” they said.

Read: Body found during search for missing man off Clare

Also: Search continues for missing man at Cliffs of Moher

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