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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Boy (5) and teen (16) die in separate drowning accidents

Geraldine Gittens

Published 30/06/2014 | 18:33

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The body of young man was recovered from a lake in Killykeen Forest Park this afternoon, inset, Ahmed Bari was discovered in the pond near Mulhuddart today

The body of a young man was recovered from a lake in Co Cavan today.

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The death of the teenager came hours after a five-year-old boy died after he was found in a pond in Dublin.

Sign at Killykeen Forest Park. Photo: Lorraine Teevna

The 16-year-old drowned after swimming with friends in Killykeen Forest Park this afternoon.

The young man was named locally as Jonathan Mongan.

Killykeen Forest Park. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Mr Mongan, who would have turned 17 in October, was swimming with a large group of friends in Killykeen Forest Park Co Cavan when he got into difficult at approximately 1.30pm.

Relatives described the 16-year-old as a talented young athlete with a "kind heart".

It is understood his friends made repeated attempts to try and locate him under the water.

Killykeen Forest Park. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

“He was a lovely man who wouldn't harm anyone; he'll be greatly missed by everyone who knew him,” a relative said.

The Garda Sub Aqua unit had been called in to help in the search after Mr Mongon went missing.

His body was removed to Cavan General Hospital where a post mortem is being carried out.

The man-made pond in Tyrelstown, Dublin.

It is the second drowning today.

Earlier, a little boy (5) died after he was found in a pond in Dublin.

Ahmed Bari had been reported missing from his home and a search was underway to find him when he was discovered in the pond near Mulhuddart.

Little Ahmed Bari had been reported missing from his home and a search was underway to find him when he was discovered in the pond near Mulhuddart.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at the man-made pond in Tyrrelstown at approximately 11am after they were alerted by a passer-by.

The child was rushed to Temple Street Children’s hospital for emergency treatment but was pronounced dead a short time later.

A number of ambulances and fire brigades attended the scene.

They were alerted by a passer-by who spotted the young boy in the pond.

Gardai are treating the death as a tragedy and are preparing a file on the death for a coroner’s inquest.

Gardai said officers were treating the death as a tragic accident.

Khalil Kazi, of Warrenstown House mosque, said he spoke to the little boy's great-grandfather Ghulam after hearing of the tragedy.

The funeral is to take place tomorrow afternoon from Clonskeagh Mosque.

"We know the family very well. They are our friends. The family are very well known and respected in our community," he said.

The drowning is the second in west Dublin in the last fortnight after 13-year-old Ricky Osagie died while rescuing two of his friends on June 20.

The talented footballer, whose funeral took place over the weekend, rescued his friends from a man-made lake in Waterville Hall in Blanchardstown.

David McGuinness, a Fianna Fail councillor who lives in Tyrrelstown, said local residents have been left traumatised by the child's death.

"My thoughts and sympathies are first and foremost with the family today," he said.

"Needless to say it's a terrible, tragic incident and it's the second similar incident in the area in just over a week."

Some children left a bouquet of red carnations near the spot where the youngster was found while tearful women could be seen walking into the park with other youngsters.

One man who did not want to be named said he walks the park almost everyday with his dog at about 9am but was not there this morning.

Messages of condolence were posted on social media as news of the tragedy spread, including from the Tyrrelstown Residents Association which covers 2,300 households.

"The TRA are saddened to hear of the tragic death of a young boy in the lake in Tyrrelstown Park. Our thoughts are with his family and friends," the group said in a Facebook post.

The man-made park and pond on the edge of the Tyrrelstown estate is the property of Fingal County Council and has been developed over the course of the year after 64 acres on the edge of the estates was given over for landscaping.

It is next to local schools and a short walk from hundreds of homes.

A spokeswoman for Fingal County Council said the local authority wished to send condolences to the family of the young boy.

"We wish to offer our sincere sympathies to the family in what is obviously a very tragic accident," the spokeswoman said.

Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the scene as well as local gardai.

Trained paramedics spent some time trying to resuscitate the youngster at the scene before he was taken to Temple Street where resuscitation attempts continued.

Mr McGuinness said officials will need to look at improving safety at the park in light of the accident.

"There are questions to be asked in the coming weeks and months in relation to these places and access to man-made lakes," he said.

"We are going to have to look at this situation and see if there are ways we can improve safety. These places are amenities for the local people but clearly when a five-year-old can leave home and access public waterways we need to look at it from a safety point of view."

The tragedy is 10 days after the last drowning in the Dublin suburbs.

Two teens had been swimming in a man-made lake in Waterville Hall in the Blanchardstown area during the recent heat wave when they got into difficulty.

It is believed their friend, talented footballer Ricky, swam to help rescue them and got into difficulty himself.

Dublin Coast Guard have repeated their call that people should swim in life-guarded waterways only.

 

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