Irish dad, 60s, dies of suspected heart attack while swimming near Kinsale
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Irish dad, 60s, dies of suspected heart attack while swimming near Kinsale

A SWIMMER who was rescued after getting into difficulty in the sea near Kinsale in Co. Cork has died.

The man, named locally as Geoffrey O’Byrne-White, took ill while swimming near Sandycove shortly after 6pm yesterday.

Mr O’Byrne-White, aged in his 60s, was spotted lifeless in the water by a passer-by and a number of other swimmers and a paddle boarder came to his assistance.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) board member and former Cityjet CEO was brought ashore, where locals administered CPR and used a defibrillator to try and resuscitate him.

He was removed from the scene by the Waterford-based Coastguard Rescue 117 helicopter to Cork University Hospital.

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However, attempts to resuscitate Mr O’Byrne-White were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at CUH.

It is understood that he may have suffered a heart attack.

Mr O'Byrne-White, a respected aviation expert, had only moved back to Kinsale from Malta with his family less than a fortnight ago.

A post-morten examination is expected to be carried out later today.