Monday 19 March 2018

Gardai to quiz survivors of Courtown SUV in sea tragedy

Brendan Furlong and Don Lavery

TWO survivors of a tragedy which claimed a young man's life after he drowned when an SUV went into the sea at Courtown Harbour in Co Wexford are to be interviewed by gardai.

Gardai are also investigating the theft of an SUV from a local businessman.

Three male teenagers were in the 4x4 at Ballinatray, Courtown, at around 10.30pm on Friday when it collided with a wall before entering the water at Courtown Harbour.

Two of the teenagers swam to safety after the SUV went into the water. The third man, a 19-year-old, was later taken from the water by Coast Guard and emergency services personnel.

However, he was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Yesterday the scene remained cordoned off and preserved for a full technical examination. The name of the dead man will not be released until family members have been informed. Gardai asked anyone with information to contact Gorey garda station, 053 9430690, or the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666 111.

Meanwhile, a 21-year-old man died in a crash at Clooneshil, Newport, Co Mayo, early yesterday morning. It happened at around 3.15am when a car with a man and a woman in it hit a grass verge.

They were taken from the scene by ambulance to Mayo General Hospital. However, the man was later pronounced dead.

Gardai asked anyone with information to contact Westport garda station, 098 50237, or the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666 111.

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