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Wednesday 7 December 2016

The heartbreaking photo of smiling Finn: Tributes to boy (4) who drowned in Puerto Rico

Published 01/09/2016 | 02:30

Finn McCarthy (4) who died in a tragic accident in Puerto Rico.
Finn McCarthy (4) who died in a tragic accident in Puerto Rico.

The heartbroken mother of a four-year-old Irish boy who drowned in a pool in the Caribbean has shared a new photograph in his memory.

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Finn McCarthy – from Blackrock, Co Dublin – drowned at 3pm local time last Saturday at a pool in the Palm Real estate, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

Finn pictured with his mum, Sinead Heaslip-McCarthy
Finn pictured with his mum, Sinead Heaslip-McCarthy

His heartbroken parents, Tony and Sinead McCarthy, had only recently moved to Puerto Rico.

It is understood the tragedy happened just two weeks after the family moved to the island; Mr McCarthy had started a new job there.

Puerto Rican police said they were treating the incident as a tragedy.

“An unfortunate incident was reported at Palma de Coco Street in the Palm Real estate in Guaynabo,” a police statement read.

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“A call to 911 alerted authorities to a drowned minor at this address. Upon arrival, units from Guaynabo District found the body of Finn McCarthy, aged four, drowned in the swimming pool area,” it said.

“The alarm had been raised by Anthony McCarthy, a resident in the mentioned complex and father of the boy,” it added.

The Department of Foreign Affairs told the Herald it was providing consular assistance to the family.

On Tuesday, Sinead McCarthy, who is originally from Tralee in Co Kerry, posted a picture of young Finn on her Facebook page.

The little red-head is seen smiling from the photograph, and heartbroken friends of the family have posted their messages of support and their prayers on the social media platform.

“Such a gorgeous photo of a great little man. Thinking of you all, absolutely heartbroken for your loss,” said one message.

“I’m speechless shocked and heartbroken for you Finn and your family, praying for strength and courage at this time XXX you know where we are if you need anything XXX,” read another.

It is understood that Tony and Sinead had gone to university together and are both from Munster, but moved to Dublin with work before moving to Puerto Rico.

Finn’s older siblings attended school in Blackrock until the end of last term, and Finn was in a school near Sandyford where staff today chose not to comment on the tragedy.

A second photo shared by the devastated mum appeared to show little Finn with his sibling on a beach.

No funeral details had been made public last night.

The youngster is the second Dublin child to pass away recently after drowning abroad.

Craig Williams (12), a boy scout from Balbriggan, passed away after an incident in the Lloret De Mar resort in Guitart Central Park Hotel on Spain’s Costa Brava on August 18.

He was rushed to hospital but efforts to save his life did not succeed and he died on August 22.

His scouts troop in Balbriggan paid a moving tribute to him.

“He was truly a great Cub and a pleasure to have with us as part of our group, a young gentleman. A scout that will stay in our hearts forever,” the troop said in a statement.

Irish Independent

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