Updated: 06/03/17 : 06:18:05
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Sligo rescue helicopter finds tragic kayaker

Father-of-three Eamonn O'Donohoe (46) died after getting into difficulty while kayaking on Lough Ree in Co Roscommon on Saturday.

The alarm was raised on Saturday after Mr O'Donohoe went missing between Lecarrow and Hodson Bay at around lunchtime.

His daughter Sarah and wife Sharon called the Coastguard after he was an hour late returning.

The Coastguard helicopter 118 from Sligo joined the search and identified him and his kayak in the water.

He was unconscious and was brought by lifeboat to Coosan Point.

He was transferred to an ambulance and brought to Portiuncula Hospital in Galway, where he later died.

Originally from Palmerstown in Dublin, had been living with his wife Sharon and three children, Sarah (14) and twins Alex and Lucy (12) in Roscommon since 2006.

In a touching tribute to her “wonderful” husband, Sharon O’Donohoe said he was the ultimate family man.

“He was a man who lived for his kids,” she told Independent.ie.

“He was the best Dad in the world, very family orientated. I don’t even know how to describe how good a person he was. He would go out of his way to help anybody,” she added.

Mrs O'Donohoe said he had kayaked that route "so many times", but it is not yet clear what happened.

A family friend also paid tribute to Mr O'Donohoe.

"Eamonn was such a lovely man with a passion and love of the sport of kayaking, which he instilled into his three beautiful children. He turned his hobby into a family event.

"He had his own unique way of doing things and was fascinating to be around. We are going to miss him by the river bank. The whole community is devastated by this tragedy."

Gardaí have launched an investigation into the incident.