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Death Of Offaly Man In Limerick "A Joke Or Prank That Went Wrong"

Thursday, December 12th, 2019 10:14am

By Alan Morrissey, Limerick's Live 95fm

An inquest has been hearing details of his death at Limerick Coroner's Court

A coroner is describing the death of a former Offaly solider who died after getting into difficulty while swimming as "a joke or prank that went wrong".

22 year-old Aaron Buckley - from Pollough near Clara - was recovered from the Abbey river in Limerick shortly before 6pm on the 10th of June last.

Aaron Buckley and his friend Ryan Day began drinking at around 9pm and after going to various pubs and a nightclub they left a house party around 8:30am the next morning.

His inquest heard the pair then drank in two other pubs and were walking past a hotel...Mr Day said they were very drunk and started joking about jumping in the water and going for a swim.

Mr Day said the 22 year-old took off his clothes and jumped, in, while he filmed and snapchatted it.

The court heard when he turned around and couldn't see Aaron Buckley he thought he was messing.

Mr Buckley's body was found at around 5:45pm after a major search and rescue operation and he was pronounced dead at 6:30pm.

The inquest was told the cause of death was asphyxiation, secondary to drowning, while the level of alcohol in his system was in the mid range of the toxic level.

Coroner John McNamara, who heard Aaron Buckley wasn't a good swimmer, recorded a verdict of misadventure.

Mr McNamara said his death "would appear as if it was a joke or prank that went wrong".


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