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Sunday 18 March 2018

Clare teen becomes fifth drowning victim in five days

Rescue attempt: Coastguard helicopter at the scene
Rescue attempt: Coastguard helicopter at the scene
Abayomi Adefabi (10), who drowned in Leixlip Reservoir in Castletown, Kildare and Lisa Knight (21) who perished in a dangerous section of the River Feale, West Limerick
The Leixlip Reservoir in Castletown, Kildare, where Abayomi Adefabi drowned

Ralph Riegel and Allison Bray

A TEENAGER has lost his life in the fifth drowning in the last four days.

Emergency services recovered the body of the boy from a lake near the Ardnacrusha power station in Co Clare this evening.

The 17-year-old had entered the water shortly before 5pm and was seen getting into difficulty and his friends raised the alarm.

The Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to the scene and helped in the recovery operation.

The teenager’s body was recovered at around 6pm.

The latest drowning comes just hours after a mum screamed in horror as she watched as her 10-year-old young son was dragged into the sea and drowned in Cork.

The distraught mother was left helpless as her son was swept away from the rocky inlet where he was playing.

The little boy who has been named locally as Kyle Roche had accidentally slipped into the water and was caught by a strong current.

Kyle is understood to have stayed playing but then accidentally slipped and fell off the rocks into the water. He was caught in a rip current and swept away from the rocky inlet.

His mother, Vivienne, desperately ran to his aid but she was unable to reach him.

As she screamed for help, others ran to the scene but they were not able to get to the child before he was swept towards Youghal harbour.

A fisherman finally reached the youngster and helped Youghal lifeboat crew to bring the child ashore at 5.30pm.

The Waterford-based Irish Coastguard helicopter was tasked to race to the town.

Paramedics worked desperately to revive the child on Youghal pier for over 20 minutes before he was taken on board the helicopter and rushed to Cork Airport for ambulance transfer to Cork University Hospital (CUH). He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

His devastated mother was being comforted by family and friends in CUH last night. Kyle and his brother were both students in Bunscoil Mhuire in the east Cork town. The youngster played GAA, rugby and soccer.

Last night, in the fourth reported drowning this week, a 19-year-old died in Roscommon.

After 8pm last night, the Coast Guard was called to an area which is 3km northwest of Strokestown after three swimmers went missing.

Two of the swimmers made it to land but tragically, the third member of the group drowned.

In Kildare on Wednesday Abayomi Adefabi (16) died after being pulled unconscious from the River Liffey at Castletown Estate on Wednesday.

He got into difficulty while in the water with a group of friends.

The teenager was a star player with St Joseph's FC in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

His father Wale Adefabi was inconsolable with grief yesterday. "God gives. God takes. He was a very good son," he said.

A 21-year-old woman in Limerick also died in a drowning accident on Wednesday.

Members of the public are being advised to be extra cautious when it comes to swimming during the fine weather.

Irish Independent

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