A post-mortem examination is to be carried out on the remains of a Connemara fisherman who was recovered from the sea at Inishbofin in the early hours of this morning.

He was brought to the mainland at Cleggan by the Clifden RNLI lifeboat.

The lifeboat had taken the man from a boat that was already on route from Inishbofin.

The 54-year-old from Cill Chiarán, Carna, Co Galway, was attended to by medical personnel at Cleggan Pier, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

His body was then removed to University Hospital Galway.

The man had been out fishing around Inishbofin with another fisherman. 

They had tied up at a pier on the island for the night, but the man was discovered in the water at around 2.20am.