A 40-year-old Norwegian fisherman drowned after a night out with fellow crew members in Killybegs, an inquest in Donegal Town was told on Tuesday.
Kent Kvilhaug, a crew member on the Odd Lundberg trawler, went into town with ship’s chef Geur Thurngerid and others at around 8.30pm on March 16 last. The went to a pub and nightclub and met up with crew from other Norgwegian boats. At around 3am, they headed back to the pier, but Mr Kvilhaug, who was seen on CCTV laughing with three other men, walked ahead of them as they neared the pier. Mr Thurngerid assumed his friend was on the boat and only realised he was missing when he went to wake him at 7am. Capt. Johan Kristofferson had the crew search the boat and other Norwegian vessels. He also tried to ring and text Mr Kvilhaug. At 8.35am, he raised the alarm.
At 1.15pm, Asst. Harbourmaster Fergal Hegarty found Mr Kilvaug’s body on rocks below Blackrock Pier. It was clear he’d been there some time, he said. Toxicology tests showed a blood alcohol level of of lood alc level 219mg, more than twice the limit for drink driving, the pathologist reported.
Coroner Dr Diarmuid Hegarty said there was no evidence to suggest suicide or foul play. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death. The coroner, Sgt. Tom Mitchell and the jury extended their sincere sympathies to deceased’s family and fishing colleagues.