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Missing Irishman found washed up in Wales was ‘probably dead before entering the water’

William Gaule, 64, died of a suspected heart attack before entering the water, a coroner has said.

A MISSING Irishman found washed up on the Llyn Peninsula in Wales was ‘probably dead before entering the water’ a coroner has said. 

The body of William Gaule, 64, was discovered off the Welsh coast almost two weeks after he went missing from Ireland.

Mr Gaule was reported missing from his home in Malahide in north Co Dublin on September 6 this year.

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Despite extensive searches along the Irish coast, co-ordinated by the Civil Defence and Irish Coast Guard, Mr Gaule was not found.

On September 19, the Abersoch lifeboat crew were called following reports of a body in the water near Bardsey Island.

However, initial investigations had failed to identify Mr Gaule, mainly due to the poor condition of the remains.

According to the Daily Post, an inquest in Caernarfon on Tuesday afternoon, coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones confirmed DNA evidence matched the Irishman.

Mr Gaule’s remains were discovered near Bardsey Island. (Picture: Maps)

Mr Jones confirmed Mr Gaule had died of a suspected heart attack.

He said: “Thanks to the combined efforts of North Wales Police and the Garda, a shortlist was compiled of whose body it was likely to be.

“DNA samples were obtained from relatives, and a match was made.

“Mr Gaule, who worked as a financial controller and accountant, was probably dead before entering the water.

“His body has been sent to Dublin and the city’s coroner will deal with the matter as his death took place in Ireland.”

Mr Gaule, a father-of-one and originally from Kilkenny, has been repatriated to Ireland and he was laid to rest on Sunday December 3.

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Erica Doyle Higgins
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