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The fisherman who tragically died on Saturday night off the Donegal coast been named as 37-year-old Madis Letsars from Lithuania

The fisherman who tragically died last weekend when he went overboard from his fishing boat has been named as 37-year-old Madis Letsars from Lithuania.

The late Mr Letsars was a crew member on board the vessel ‘Séimi’ which was fishing crab 70 miles northwest of Arainn Mhór, Co Donegal when he was swept overboard at around 8.30pm on Saturday 04 February.

Rescue services were immediately contacted and alerted that the fisherman had gone overboard. The crew managed to recover the crewman back onboard where they attempted CPR on him. Malin Head Coast Guard Coordination Centre then tasked the R118 helicopter from Sligo and the Arranmore RNLI Lifeboat, they also put through a link call to the vessel with Medico Cork so they could give some medical advice. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the crew they were unable to revive the casualty. The Helicopter and Lifeboat where then stood down and the vessel returned to its home at Ballyglass with the deceased onboard.

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The deceased was brought to Mayo University Hospital this morning, for a post-mortem examination. Gardaí carried out an examination of the vessel and the incident has also been reported to the Marine Casualty Investigation Board.

The late Mr Letsars leaves behind a wife and two children.

His cousin Janis Miklasovs has set up a GoFund me page to help the family of Mr Letsars. On the page he states:

“It is with a heavy heart I write this message, as you may already know we sadly lost our cousin Madis in a tragic accident. Madis was only 37 years old with his whole life ahead of him. He worked around the clock to provide for his family.

“Madis leaves behind a loving wife & 2 children & we hope to support them in every way possible.

“I kindly ask if you could make a donation, no matter how small as this will greatly help the family financially. Your support is key in relieving some of the stress the family are currently facing.

“Rest easy Madis, you will never be far from our thoughts & always in our hearts.”

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The late Mr Madis Letsars

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Fisherman who died off Donegal coast on Saturday night named

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