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Two men drowned off Inishbofin

Two separate inquiries have been launched into the deaths of two men off Inishbofin over the weekend.

Inishbofin, Galway, Ireland.
Inishbofin, Galway, Ireland.

THE BODIES OF two Mayo men found off Inishbofin, Co Galway, on Sunday morning have been named as Ger Feeney and Donal McEllin, who were both from Castlebar.

Former GAA All-Star footballer Ger Feeney, 55, and pilot and businessman Donal McEllin, 64, are believed to have drowned after they got into difficulty in the water near Inishbofin harbour, the Irish Times reports.

It is believed the incident occurred when the men were taking a dinghy toward their motor cruiser. Both of the men are understood to have been wearing life jackets.

The alarm was raised after the body of one of the men came ashore at about 11am on Sunday morning, and was discovered by a local fisherman.

The bodies were taken to Galway University Hospital on Sunday afternoon for identification and for post-mortem examinations.

Two separate investigations are now being launched into the men’s deaths.

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