Swimmer, 62, dies in Sandycove

Swimmer, 62, dies in Sandycove

Geoffrey O’Byrne White: Tragically died while swimming in Sandycove.

The man who died in Sandycove on yesterday Tuesday evening has only just moved to the area.

Geoffrey O'Byrne White, aged 62, was pulled from the water by fellow swimmers after he was noticed facedown and unmoving in the water after going out for a swim.

The coastguard helicopter at the scene in Sandycove last night
The coastguard helicopter at the scene in Sandycove last night

Extensive efforts were made to resuscitate him, both by people at the scene and emergency services. He was airlifted to CUH but pronounced dead later that night. 

Mr O'Byrne White and his wife and daughter had only moved to Kinsale nine days ago, in a long-planned move from Malta.

Mr O'Byrne White was an aviator who was a commandant in the Air Corps’.

Following his career in the defence forces, Mr O’Byrne White went on to become CEO of Cityjet from 2000 to 2010. During his time with the airline it grew from operating with five jet aircraft to a fleet of 45 aircraft. He then moved to Malta to set up an aircraft maintenance organisation while also serving on the board of the Irish Aviation Authority.

Mr O'Byrne White, who had roots in Cork, was previously a member of Kinsale Yacht Club. It is believed he suffered a heart attack while in the water.

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