Man dies after coming into contact with power lines

By David Raleigh, additional reporting from Newstalk

A man from Kerry has died after coming into contact with power lines while cutting hedges in Athea in Co Limerick.

Two separate investigations have been launched following the incident.

The man was cutting hedges in the village of Athea at around 1pm this afternoon when he clipped some power lines.

He was electrocuted and died at the scene. Emergency services, including the fire service from Abbeyfeale and the gardaí were called.

The scene has been preserved for a technical examination and the body of the man remains at the scene.

Gardaí at Newcastle West are investigating, however are not treating the death as suspicious.

"He was a member of the travelling community from Co Kerry. He was cutting trees in a farm in Athea, near Abbeyfeale," a Garda spokesman said.

"He touched a power line and he was killed. There is nothing suspicious about the incident.

"It happened around 1pm. The scene was preserved and closed off but it has been cleared now."

The Health and Safety Authority has also been notified.


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