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Sunday 24 September 2017

Body of drowning victim recovered from quarry

Daniel McConnell AND PADDY CLANCY

THE body of a man has been recovered from a quarry in Tipperary following a search operation this morning.

The alarm was raised when the 65-year-old - understood to be a local man - failed to return after going for a swim in the quarry at Ahenny near Carrick-on-Suir yesterday afternoon.

The search resumed at first light this morning, and the man's body was recovered at 9.30am.

He was pronounced dead at the scene'

His body will be taken to Waterford Regional Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

It is the 11th drowning since the current heatwave began and comes as the Gardai, Irish Water Safety, and coastguard units have renewed an appeal to people to be extra vigilant if taking part in water-based activities.

Yesterday, a 24-year-old man died after he got into difficulty in the sea in Ardara in Co Donegal while in Co Tyrone, a man's body was recovered from the Shrule River in Newtownstewart following a swimming accident.

The man who drowned in Donegal was named locally as Conor Cunningham of Ardara.

He was pronounced dead in Letterkenny General Hospital after getting into difficulties at Maghera beach, which is said to be a notorious danger-spot.

The alert was raised for Mr Cunningham, a father of two young children, shortly after 1 p.m.

A woman on the beach tried to rescue him and two units of Killybegs Coastguard and the Coastguard helicopter at Strandhill, Co. Sligo, attended the scene.

Mr Cunningham, a native of Clonmel but whose family has lived in Ardara for 20 years, was airlifted by the helicopter to hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 2 pm.

Conor, who lived at Inver and was separated from the mother of his two children, was with his Brazilian girlfriend.

A local community leader said he understood she only arrived in Ireland within the last few days and had very little English.

He said: “That initially gave rise to a lot of confusion on the beach. When the alert was raised the victim was believed to be a foreign national because the girl with him had very little English.

“I believe she bravely tried to help him and pulled him to shore and administered CPR but it was too late.”

The other man has been identified as James Kincaid, 34, from the Newtownstewart area of Co Tyrone, who got into difficulty in the River Strule in his home town.

The accident happened at about 5.20pm on Saturday evening.

 

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