Thursday 24 August 2017

Two drown in separate incidents in Galway

The Shannon-based rescue helicopter assisted gardai, fire service personnel and paramedics in the search (Stock image)
The Shannon-based rescue helicopter assisted gardai, fire service personnel and paramedics in the search (Stock image)
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Two people have died in separate drowning incidents in Galway.

A 19-year-old man got into difficulty while swimming in the River Corrib, a short distance from the city.

The young man had been swimming with friends and the alarm was raised when others saw the incident unfold from the river bank.

The Shannon-based rescue helicopter assisted gardai, fire service personnel and paramedics in the search.

Members of the Galway sub- aqua club also took part in the rescue effort and the man was located just after 4pm. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body was taken to University Hospital Galway, where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

It is understood the dead man was from the area.

Elsewhere, a woman's body was fetched from the water in the city's docks at about 2pm after it was reported to the authorities by a passer-by.

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

The woman, who was in her late 40s or early 50s, has not yet been identified.

Sunday Independent

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