Friday 24 November 2017

Man drowns after Co Cork night swim

The man's body was recovered from the River Lee in Co Cork
The man's body was recovered from the River Lee in Co Cork

A 21-year-old man has drowned after getting into difficulty while swimming in the River Lee late on Sunday night.

The man was with a group when he went into the water near Dripsey, Co Cork.

Gardai were alerted after he got into trouble at about 1am in the Inniscarra area.

The man's body was recovered from the water and later brought to Cork University Hospital.

Separately, a 17-year-old youth died in hospital after being pulled from the River Blackwater in Cork.

The teenager, named locally as Christopher O'Sullivan from Co Kerry, was swimming with three friends when the alarm was raised on Sunday afternoon.

He had been swimming at a local bathing area known as Lisheen Bridge in Knocknagree when he got into difficulties.

He was airlifted to Kerry General Hospital where he died in the early hours of the morning.

Another man was airlifted to hospital when he got in to difficulty swimming off north Dublin. The man had been swimming across the channel from Howth to Malahide when the alarm was raised at 5.40pm.

A Howth RNLI team made its way to the scene where the swimmer, having being dragged to shore by two friends who had raised the alarm, was located on the south-eastern tip of Donabate Strand. The lifeboat crew assessed the man and administered first aid on the scene before he was airlifted to hospital by the Irish Coast Guard.

Press Association

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