Verdicts of accidental death in drownings of fishermen off South Kerry pier

Verdicts of accidental death have been recorded into the deaths of three Latvian men who drowned off Coonanna Pier near Cahersiveen last year.

The inquests into Anatolijs Teivans, Valerijs Klimentjevs, and Jurijs Burcevs were held at the South  Kerry Coroner’s Court in Killarney today before coroner Aisling O’Sullivan Quilter.

The three Latvian men were 58-year-old Anatolijs Teivans of 8 Brendan’s Terrace, Killarney, 38-year-old Valerijs Klimentjevs of Apartment 211 Parklands, Tralee, and newly-married Jurijs Burcevs, who was 30 and lived at 27 Courtyard, Killarney.

They had been fishing off Coonanna Pier between Caherciveen and Kells on September 30th last year when they drowned.

Inga Peremitina, wife of Valerijs Klimentjevs, said it was his first time fishing in that location.

She phoned him at 11am and he said they would return to shore due to big waves.

Locals described the conditions that day as choppy, with Ernie McGrath saying he felt their speedboat was unsuitable for fishing.

The boat belonged to Anatolijs Teivans; he kept it in Mr McGrath’s father’s yard at Coonanna Pier.

A Marine Casualty Investigation Board report found the vessel was not suitable for the conditions and voyage, and it was swamped by a wave.

At the inquests into their deaths at the South Kerry Coroner’s Court in Killarney today, coroner Aisling O’Sullivan Quilter noted their deaths were due to acute cardio-respiratory failure due to drowning, and recorded verdicts of accidental death.