Tullamore Man Swept Into The Sea During Storm Callum


Tributes are being paid to an Irishman who was swept into the sea in England during storm Callum.

It happened in Brighton on Saturday morning during high winds.

It’s understood the 38-year-old who was from Tullamore had been living in the UK for the past 15 years.


38-year-old David Dooley, from Co Offaly, was swept out to sea off Brighton in the early hours of Saturday morning, October 13th.

Mr Dooley went to CBS Tullamore and is also said to have had a love of music, particularly heavy metal and rock.

One picture posted on Sunday in tribute shows him sporting a football jersey.

A number of people took to social media at the weekend to pay tribute to their friend after news of the tragedy came through.

A page for the pub the Windmill in Acton, London, posted: “Our friend David Dooley passed away yesterday in a tragic accident in Brighton.

“Lord have mercy on him. RIP David.”

Sussex Police issued a statement in relation to the tragedy on Sunday.

They said they had received a report of a man in the sea near West Street, Brighton on Saturday, October 13th at 1.21am.

The statement read: “Coastguards, police and the South East Coast Ambulance Service attended the scene.

“The 38-year-old man was retrieved from the water but was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.”

Sussex Police added that the man’s next of kin have been informed “and the matter has been passed to the Coroner’s Officer”.

Reports in the UK indicated a helicopter was used in the search and rescue after witnesses had spotted Mr Dooley struggling in the water.

As it was unable to land on the beach because of the seas and winds, he was taken to the Brighton Marina.

He had been in the sea for at least 30 minutes.