Glengad in mourning again

Malin Head Pier. (1102PG53)
Malin Head Pier. (1102PG53)

The community of Glengad have been left rocked as the body of a man was found on the beach at Malin Head pier on Wednesday evening.

The man, named locally, as Hugh McColgan, was believed to have been working on his boat at the pier when the tragedy occurred.

Though circumstances around the incident have yet to be confirmed, it is believed the Glengad father suffered a heart attack before falling into the icy waters at the Malin Head.

A spokesperson from Malin Head Coastguard confirmed to the Journal they received a call from Buncrana Gardai around 5pm on Wednesday evening, after a member of the public reported the body sighting to them.

“We went down to the area to investigate the situation, after a local person had spotted him laying on the shore at Malin Head.

“ The man was pronounced dead on the scene.

“The local fisherman had been working on his boat at the pier when we suspect, suffered a heart attack, and fell over board. His body was recovered close to the pier.”

Mr McColgan’s body was later removed from the scene to Letterkenny General Hospital for a postmortem.

The accident has created further devastation as it comes just three and half months after two local Glengad fishermen Eddie Doherty and Robert McLaughlin went missing off the coast of Malin Head when they went out crab and lobster fishing.

Lifetime fishermen Mr Doherty, aged 65, and his nephew Mr McLaughlin, 41, went fishing on the morning of 1st November in what was described as ‘good weather conditions’.

However just hours later at 10.45am Malin Head Coast Guard were contacted for assistance.

Mr Doherty’s body was recovered just before midday that day near Glengad pier and his home, but Mr McLaughlin’s body was not found for three weeks later, 24th November, when his body was washed ashore in Killourt near Malin Head.

Local councillor Charlie McConalogue has expressed his condolences to the family of the late Mr McColgan.

“It’s such a terrible tragedy for any family to have to go through.

“The community of Glengad have been through much recently and this will have a devastating effect on the entire village.”

Colr McConalogue revealed how the father’s sister had also died suddenly recently.

“It’s such an awful thing that has happened and to think his sister died just weeks ago, it must be very difficult for his family to cope with these two tragedies so close together.

“My heart really goes out to them, and I hope everyone in the area can pull together for them.”

At the time of going to press last night no further details in regard to the incident were available