Monday 26 September 2016

Boy (13) drowns in swimming tragedy

Laura Larkin and David Kearns

Published 16/05/2016 | 02:30

Sinn Féin councillor Daithi Doolan appealed for people to be “extra careful” around water as the summer approached. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sinn Féin councillor Daithi Doolan appealed for people to be “extra careful” around water as the summer approached. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The family of a Dublin teenager is in mourning after a friends' dip in the River Liffey to cool off ended in tragedy at the weekend.

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Frank Leonel Mekang (13) got into difficulty after entering the water at around 2.30pm on Saturday between Islandbridge and Chapelizod.

Tributes

Tributes laid at the scene where the young footballer drowned described him as someone who was "always smiling" and who could "put a smile on anyone's face".

Sinn Féin councillor Daithi Doolan appealed for people to be "extra careful" around water as the summer approached.

However the warm temperatures of the weekend will not continue this week, with Met Éireann warning that cooler temperatures will set in from today with the mercury expected to drop to between nine and 11 degrees.

From tomorrow, unsettled weather will move in from the Atlantic.

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