Freemanís Journal, Monday, May 13, 1901††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Page 2



Yachtsman drowned in Grand Canal Basin


On Friday a sad drowning occurred at the Grand Canal Basin.The victim was Daniel Dent, aged 24 years, a sailor on board the yacht Avoset, owned by Captain Brindley Hone, of the Royal Irish Yacht Club.It appears that the Avoset was lying in the Basin, and between 3 and 4 p.m. Dent and another man named Daniel Clarke were pushing off from the yacht in a punt for the purpose of proceeding to Ringsend, when the punt capsized and the two men were thrown into the water.Clarke swam towards the yacht Prima Donna and shouted for assistance.Captain Thomas Purcell of the Prima Donna jumped into a punt which was lying alongside, and took Clarke out of the water.They then rowed towards Dent, who was holding on to the bottom of the capsized punt; but as they approached Dent let go his hold, sank, and did not rise again.The body was recovered with grappling irons in about nineteen or twenty minutes afterwards and conveyed on a dray to Sir Patrick Dunís hospital, where Dr. Ball pronounced life extinct.The deceased, who resided at 17 Cambridge St., Ringsend, leaves a widow to mourn his loss.




Sir Patrick Dunís

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