Monday 20 November 2017

Girl (13) airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulty in Wexford river

Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture
Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A young teenager has been airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulty while swimming in a river in Co Wexford this evening.

Emergency services were called to the scene at the River Slaney in Enniscorthy shortly before 5pm.

Locals reported that teenagers were jumping off a bridge into the river.

The 13-year-old girl was with at least two others when she got into difficulty while swimming in the area.

Lifeboats were joined at the scene by the Coast Guard's Rescue 117 helicopter. The rescue effort was co-ordinated by the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Dublin.

Gardaí also attended the scene.

The girl was removed from the water and later taken by helicopter to University Hospital Waterford where she is being treated this evening.

Earlier this week a young man  died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Carrick on Suir in Co Tipperary.

Stephen Hoare (25), got stuck in a whirlpool in the river Suir and drowned on Monday evening.

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Stephen Hoare, who drowned in Carrick-on-Suir

On the same evening kayaker Paddy McCarrick got into difficulty while paddling with friends off Aughris Head in Co Sligo. he was airlifted to Sligo University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Tragic: Paddy McCarrick. Photo: James Connolly

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