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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Teen drowns in front of friends after jumping into reservoir from 25ft

Luke Byrne, Sam Griffin and Greg Harkin

Published 16/04/2014|02:30

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Shane Boggans
Shane Boggans

A TEENAGER drowned in front of his friends after jumping into a reservoir for a swim.

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It is understood that 16-year-old Shane Boggans, from Brookfield Avenue, Tallaght, Dublin, jumped 25ft from a structure into Bohernabreena reservoir before getting into difficulty.

His body was taken from the water just after 6pm yesterday.

Two other bodies were also recovered from water in separate tragedies in Ringsend, Dublin, and in Co Donegal.

Gardai have not yet confirmed the identity of either body.

Last night eyewitnesses to the drowning of Shane said he had been playfully egged on by friends before he made the jump, fully clothed and wearing his shoes, into the water at about 2.30pm. One eyewitness described how his group of up to 18 friends were joking that the young man still had his mobile phone in his pocket, when he made the jump.

Shane swam around in the water for about five minutes before he got into trouble.

Eyewitness Dean Herbert (20), from nearby Killinarden, said that the group were in high spirits.

"When he jumped in there was a loud smack, like the sound of a bellyflop. It wasn't a very nice sound. He was swimming around like this (breaststroke) for a while," he said.

"He started to get into difficulty and he called out for help. But they thought that he was joking," Mr Herbert said.

"The he screamed again and you could hear the gulp. He went down. Then they were screaming his name. After he went down they threw in the red life ring, but it was too late."

The alarm was raised, and the body was taken from the water. Devastated family members also arrived at the scene.

Schools were on holidays yesterday and a local woman said that the reservoir was a popular swimming spot for youngsters, though the authorities have tried to stop the practice.

Last night friends paid tribute to the tragic teenager. Varks Zogaj said he was a close friend of Shane's and that he grew up with him since the age of four.

"He was in school with me across the road, St Aidan's. He was in sixth year, just about to do his Leaving Cert," he said.

"He was a really sound lad. Everybody really liked him and he always did really well in school. He really loved sport. He was a member of the Black Panthers kickboxing club."


Meanwhile, gardai are investigating the discovery of a body near South Great Wall in Dublin. Gardai said it was possible the body had been in the water for some and that it had yet to be identified. A spokesman said it would likely be done following a post-mortem today.

He said it was believed to be that of a male in his 30s and was possibly somebody who had gone missing recently.

Emergency services were alerted by a group who had been swimming at an area known as Shelly Bank in Ringsend. The body was discovered at about 2pm.

Separately, a man whose body was found on a rocky beach may have been in the water for weeks, gardai believe.

Officers in Co Donegal are trying to establish the identity of the man. The remains were spotted by locals on the beach close to the 'Crest of the Wave' housing estate in Bundoran.

Gardai say it is too early to say how the man died and so far he remains unidentified.

"It's a remote rocky beach which people wouldn't use normally," said Cllr Michael McMahon. "I'm told it was spotted at low tide and was badly decomposed. There have been no reports of anyone missing from the area, so it's a bit of mystery."

A post-mortem was taking place at Sligo General Hospital last night.

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