Ireland: 13-year-old boy drowned at reservoir in Drogheda, highlighting the dangers of swimming in areas without lifeguards – Published 240714 2200z

Irish Coast Guard:

Tough call out for emergency services today including Coast Guard units from Drogheda and Rescue 116. RIP.

Boyne Fishermans Rescue and Recovery:

24:07:2014 Drowning accident at reservoir

The Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue & Recovery Service where alerted to a accident today at 16.30 hrs. The call reported a possible drowning accident in the Rose Hall Reservoir in Drogheda.

Our emergency paging system was activated and our mobile unit was dispatched immediately to the scene of the accident. Meanwhile our underwater search team had been alerted and were on route also.

The underwater search team deployed two divers into the reservoir and shortly afterwards they recovered the body of a local Teenager.

The drowning this evening at Rose Hall Reservoir has brought great sadness and shock to the people of Drogheda.

Rose Hall is can be a busy spot in good weather, but it is also very dangerous.

Irish Water Safety has made repeated appeals for awareness of the dangers of swimming in areas without lifeguards, such as quarries, reservoirs, rivers and lakes.

It was a combined effort at this evenings recovery, alongside the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue & Recovery Service were Drogheda Coast Guard, Drogheda Fire and Rescue, Drogheda Ambulance Service and Drogheda Gardai.

Members of the Boyne Fishermens Rescue and Recovery Service wish to extend its sympathies to the family and friends of the teenager”

Other Reports

RTE IE: Thursday 24 July 2014 21.49

A thirteen-year-old boy has drowned in a lake in Drogheda.

The boy was swimming with two friends when he got into difficulty in a reservoir in Rosehall

Rose Hall Reservoir in Drogheda. (Image: rte.ie)

 

The boy was swimming with two friends when he got into difficulty in a reservoir in Rosehall in the north of the town this afternoon.

Two girls raised the alarm and the Dundalk Coastguard Unit was alerted at 3.50pm this afternoon.

Members of the coastguard searched the water where the boy had disappeared but were initially unable to find him.

Divers from the Boyne Fishermans Rescue and Recovery joined the search and after almost an hour of searching he was found.

Dermot McConnoran, officer in charge of the Dundalk coastguard unit, said a second tragedy was avoided after another boy went into the reservoir to help his friend and also got into difficulty.

Richard Skelly, a member of Boyne Fishermen Rescue and Recovery said it was heartbreaking knowing the boys parents were behind a cordon while the search took place.

He added it’s “a terrible tragedy and the whole community is in shock this evening”.

Body of 13-year-old boy recovered from water in Drogheda

THE BODY OF a 13-year-old boy has been recovered from a water treatment plant in Drogheda, Co Louth.

It’s reported that he had been swimming with friends when he got into difficulty.

Gardaí say the body was recovered before 5 o’clock this evening after they received a 999 call from a member of the public.

A search and rescue operation was immediately launched and the Coast Guard Helicopter was also dispatched.

The dive unit from the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue & Recovery Service recovered the body with the assistance of the Drogheda Coast Guard.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The boy’s remains have been taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

A post mortem will be carried out tomorrow.” – http://www.thejournal.ie

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