Man found dead in river after stop at Garda checkpoint

The Garda Ombudsman Commission is investigating the death of man in Galway, after his body was taken from the River Corrib.

A major search operation was launched after the man was seen entering the water at O’Brien’s Bridge in the city.

He had been stopped at Garda traffic checkpoint prior to the incident.

A major search-and-rescue operation, involving the Shannon-based helicopter, was launched after the man was seen entering the river Corrib at around 6.30pm yesterday evening.

The man, who was aged in his 40s, had been stopped at a Garda traffic checkpoint when he left his vehicle, and entered the water at O’Brien’s Bridge.

The man's body was found near the entrance to the lower bridge at Lough Atalia an hour later.

His remains were taken to Galway University Hospital, where a post-mortem will be carried out later.

The Garda Ombudsman will investigate the incident.

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