A man has died after suffering an electrical shock in the Rockmount Gardens area of Articlave. Circumstances are unclear at this stage but locals suggest he was fitting a new light in a shed when the incident happened.
It is believed that locals tried to use a nearby defibrillator. The air ambulance is still at the scene along with NIE.
The man has been named locally as Ian Patterson (44).
A police spokesperson said “Police attended a report of a sudden death of a man at the Rockmount Gardens area of Articlave this morning (Friday 18th January).
A post mortem is due to take place, but at this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious.
The Health and Safety Executive have been made aware of the incident.”
A spokesperson for Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said ” We received a 999 emergency call at 11.05am on Friday 18 January 2019. The caller reported that a patient had collapsed following electrocution. The incident occurred in Articlave. One Accident & Emergency Ambulance was dispatched to the scene immediately and the Air Ambulance Helimed23 also attended shortly after.”
It is understood that a friend who was with him at the time, ran to a nearby shop where a defibrillator was installed. However, because registration was not completed, NIAS staff had no keypad code to access the lifesaving equipment.
Causeway Coast Community understands that Mr Patterson contributed towards the defibrillator.
MLA Maurice Bradley said: “This is a tragedy, I knew Ian well and I am deeply shocked.
Ian was a popular businessman who in recent years had supplied quality trophies to the Coleraine and District League of which I am a member.
I would extend my deepest sympathy to Ian’s immediate family and extended family circle and also the tight-knit community of Articlave where he resided.”
Described by friends as ‘a complete gentleman’, Mr Patterson worked as a TV aerial and satellite dish installer.
Commenting on social media members of the community said :
Absolutely devastated Ian you where a gentleman and I’m lost for words. My thoughts are with your family and two children
RIP Ian me old mate , you be sadly missed by all your darts buddies
An awful tragedy. Ian always had a smile & hello. Thoughts and prayers to the whole family.
Absolutely devastated to hear the sad news, Ian you where a gentleman, thoughts go out to the Patterson family and Ian’s family