Wednesday 26 October 2016

Two people dead after separate drowning incidents

Published 11/06/2016 | 18:46

Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter. Photo: Irish Coast Guard
Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter. Photo: Irish Coast Guard
Search-and-rescue helicopter (Stock photo)

Two people have died in separate drowning incidents in Galway yesterday.

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A young man (19) died while swimming with friends in the River Corrib, while the body of a woman (believed to be aged in her 40s) was recovered from Galway harbour.

At around 2.30pm, gardai were informed of reports of a body in Galway Harbour.

The Coastguard assisted with the recovery operation.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was taken to University Hospital Galway.

A post-mortem is to be carried out.

The body of a young man (19) was recovered from the River Corrib. He is believed to have gotten into difficulties while he was swimming with friends.

The Gardai, Coastguard and Fire Service were involved in the recovery. Members of a local sub aqua unit also assisted the recovery operation.

The alarm had been raised by people who had seen the incident unfolding. 

The Shannon Coast Guard rescue helicopter was involved in the search

His remains have also been taken University Hospital Galway for a post mortem examination.

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