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Galway City is in mourning tonight following the announcment of the death of fishermen Martin and Tom Oliver – father and son

The deaths have been announced of father and son, Martin and Tom Oliver who passed away suddenly following a fishing accident in Galway Bay yesterday, 02 November 2020.

The announcement has been made on

Galway RNLI lifeboat was called to an incident yesterday in Galway Bay when a man onboard a fishing boat, believed to be Tom Oliver, got into difficulty close to Salthill, at lunchtime.

The alarm was raised by Martin Oliver who had been onboard fishing with his son.

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The Irish Coastguard tasked Galway lifeboat to the scene. The Galway RNLI volunteers located the fishing boat between Blackrock and Silverstrand. Upon arrival the lifeboat crew took the casualty on board and brought him back to Galway Docks from where he was transported by ambulance to University Hospital Galway.

The fisherman had been pronounced dead at UHG.

Martin and Tom Oliver are from the well-known Oliver fishing family from Galway and are uncle and cousin, respectively of Patrick Oliver who rescued two missing paddleboarders back in August of this year.

Galway City Mayor. Mike Cubbard said “A dark cloud hangs over the city as the sudden departure of two of lifes gentlemen has left a void in the lives of so many.

“Rest in Peace Martin and Tom Oliver, you will be sorely missed by so many near and far. My deepest sympathies to their families at this sad time.”

“Father and son, Martin and Tom Oliver passed away suddenly following a fishing accident and are deeply mourned by their heartbroken, grieving family and friends.”

The Fishing Daily wishes to extend our condolences at this time to the Oliver family, relations, friends and the fishing community of Galway on their loss. RIP


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Galway City mourns the loss of father and son fishermen, Martin and Tom Oliver

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