Friday 23 March 2018

Drowning tragedy: Woman dies after falling from boat into Lough Erne

Man also pulled from the water and taken to hospital

Part of the lower Lough Erne at Killadeas, Co Fermanagh
Part of the lower Lough Erne at Killadeas, Co Fermanagh Newsdesk Newsdesk

An Irish woman has died after falling from a boat moored on the shores of Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh.

Police received reports shortly after 2.30am on Saturday to say that a man and a woman had entered the water at the Round 'O' Jetty in Enniskillen.

A full search was carried out and the pair were recovered from the water. According to the Belfast Telegraph first aid was carried out at the scene before they were transported to the South West Acute Hospital.

The 49-year-old woman was pronounced dead a short time later.

The is continuing to receive treatment and a police enquiries are ongoing into the incident.

Ulster Unionist MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Rosemary Barton sent her sympathies to the woman’s family.

“I extend my deepest sympathy to the family of the lady who died earlier this morning as the result of a boating tragedy at the Round O jetty in Enniskillen,” said Mrs Barton.

“It is very sad that something like this should happen on what should be a fun time for families over the bank holiday weekend.

“I also commend the member of the public who raised the alert and the emergency services who reacted so swiftly to try to save lives during this incident.”

She added: “I appeal to everyone, whether they are boating or travelling on our roads, to be always mindful of how simple accidents can happen.”

PSNI Inspector Keith Hicks also sent his condolences to the dead woman’s family and said that a post mortem is expected to be carried out.

“Local police would extend their sympathies to the family and would offer thanks to all of the agencies involved in the operation.”

It is the second drowning tragedy to hit the lake this year.

In April mother-of-two Luna McKinney (35), died after an accident on Lough Erne at Devenish Island, near Enniskillen.

Ms McKinney, who was originally from China, was checking on ropes attached to the boat when she fell into the water.

Her husband Stephen, who was alerted by the sound of the splash, dived in to try to rescue her.

When he couldn't locate her in the dark, he contacted emergency services.

The couple were living in Convoy, Co Donegal.

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