Saturday 24 March 2018

Body of 20-year-old swimmer recovered from lake in Killarney

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

A MAN in his 20s has died after he got into difficulty while swimming with a friend.

His body was recovered yesterday evening after the young swimmer got into difficulty in Lough Leane in Killarney, Co Kerry.

It's understood the men swam out from Ross Castle near Inisfallen Island.

His friend reached the shore and raised the alarm when he realised the man was not with him.

The victim, who was a strong swimmer, got into difficulty at around 5.15pm while crossing a deep channel in the centre of the lake.

Crew onboard a boat in the area at the time reported hearing shouts for help.

The body was recovered from Lough Leane - located about a mile from Killarney town centre - at 7.30pm, by members of the Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue, assisted by the Ballybunion Irish Coastguard.

The incident is the latest in a series of tragic drownings since the good weather began earlier this month and over 20 people have now died by drowning in Irish waters this year

The lake - also known as the Lower Lake - is the largest of the three famous lakes and are popular for boating but do not normally attract swimmers

Irish Independent

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