Thursday 19 April 2018

Witnesses' trauma halts inquest of Kyle (11)

Tragedy: Kyle Roche got into difficulty in the sea
Tragedy: Kyle Roche got into difficulty in the sea
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

AN ELEVEN-year-old Kyle Roche swept out to sea by treacherous currents drowned as his horrified family looked on.

A coroner's inquest into the death of Kyle Roche (11) last summer had to be adjourned yesterday after it emerged both the family and those who tried to save the little boy remain too traumatised to give evidence.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane agreed to adjourn the Cork inquest given that most of the key witnesses to the July 11 tragedy remain too upset to testify.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster told Inspector Fergal Twomey that she carried out a post-mortem examination on the little boy at Cork University Hospital (CUH) on July 12.

She ruled that the cause of death was cardiac and respiratory failure due to drowning.

The full inquest will now be heard on March 4 next.

Kyle had been playing on Youghal beach with his younger brother Dean, mother Vivienne, and father Eugene that day at the height of Ireland's summer heatwave.

Kyle had been called to come for his tea when he apparently slipped as he was hit by a large wave. Treacherous currents then swept him out to sea before his family and horrified onlookers could rescue him.

One onlooker told the Irish Independent how he dived into the sea and three times came within inches of grabbing the boy.

Eugene Sheils was agonisingly unable to grasp Kyle until east Cork fisherman Tommy Kennedy arrived to help him at the scene off Moll Goggin's Strand in the east Cork seaside town.

"I ran up the road, climbed down the rocks and dived in.

"I was looking around and the next thing I definitely saw a body. I dived again but the current out there is savage strong. It is swirling around. When I dived again he was gone. I just couldn't get to him."

Irish Independent

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