A man has died after drinking contaminated drinking water while on a hunting trip in the Irish countryside, a coroner has heard.
Claire Ann Cairns was on a hunt in the Coombe region on Thursday when she was attacked by a deer in the Tullamore Mountains.
She was taken to the local hospital where she later died from her injuries.
The coroner, Fiona O’Connor, said the attack occurred when Cairn was walking with a group of hunters on the trails.
“The incident is not suspected to have been deliberate,” she said.
“It is believed to have occurred in the early hours of the morning after a prolonged hunt.”
Her death is not being treated as suspicious.
“The group was hunting with the Tualatin National Park Rangers.
The group returned to the lodge the next day, and Cairs husband John said he was surprised to see the woman still alive.”
I didn’t know what to think when I found out she was alive,” he said.
Cairns husband John says he was shocked to see his wife still alive, despite her condition.”
She had lost a lot of blood,” he told the Irish Times.”
There were lots of stitches around her neck, and the wounds on her arm were very bad.
“We didn’t even realise she had been bitten, and we all were shocked.”
She had been on the trail for several hours, and her husband said she had stopped the group when they returned to camp.
“All of us were just shocked when we heard the news,” he added.
“That’s the only time I’ve ever seen her.
It was so shocking.”
The Coombbe National Park said it was aware of the incident and had taken swift action to ensure there were no further problems.