Yacht race tragic death

Bray People - - Front Page -

TRAGEDY struck off the coast of Bray last Sun­day when Kenneth Jones (46) lost his life while sail­ing from Wick­low to the Pool­beg Yacht Club in Dublin.

Kenneth, who was liv­ing in the Swords area of Dublin, was tak­ing part in the an­nual Sean Whis­ton Per­pet­ual Cup Race. He was spot­ted un­con­scious in the wa­ter at around 11.30 a.m.

A May­day was is­sued by the yacht Al­lanah at ap­prox­i­mately 11.41 a.m., stat­ing that there was ‘a man in the wa­ter.’

He was lifted from the wa­ter and trans­ferred to Tal­laght Hospi­tal where he later passed away.

While the Coast­guard he­li­copter at­tended the scene, it was a lo­cal Bray Sail­ing Club ves­sel, the ‘Naomh Cro­nan’, that re­trieved the man af­ter hear­ing the dis­tress call. The he­li­copter air­lifted the in­jured man to hospi­tal where he was later pro­nounced dead.

‘Our thoughts and best wishes are with the per­son’s fam­ily,’ said Pool­beg Yacht & Boat Club in a state­ment.

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