Inquest into Donegal fishermans death calls for boarding ladders to access trawlers

A coroner has called for boarding ladders to be used to access trawlers following the death of a fisherman.

43-year-old Oliver Cunningham, from Killybegs drowned as he returned to his trawler in County Cork.

Coroner Frank O’Connell said he would welcome tighter regulations on use of boarding ladders on trawlers after it emerged other seamen died in similar circumstances at the pier.

Mr Cunningham had had to jump as he tried to board the Patrick C vessel, docked at Castletownbere, last year.on April 25th.

Sgt Fachtna O’Donovan said it was not the first time such an incident happened.

Oliver's body was recovered close to the slip at the pier in Castletownbere.

His brother Matthew, who was just 25 at the time, drowned off Killybegs harbour in November 2002.