Tuesday 23 January 2018

Irish boy (8) dies after becoming trapped under capsized boat in Massachusetts

A photo of the rescue effort in Wareham. Photo: Barnstable Sheriffs Office
A photo of the rescue effort in Wareham. Photo: Barnstable Sheriffs Office
A photo of the rescue effort in Wareham. Barnstable Sheriffs Office
A photo of the rescue effort in Wareham. Photo: Barnstable Sheriffs Office
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

An Irish boy has died after the boat he was travelling in capsized in Massachusetts last week.

The youngster, named as Harry O'Connor from Clonmel, Co Tipperary, had been travelling with a group of 12 people, including his parents, on a 23-foot Four Winns Bowrider when the vessel capsized near Hog Island channel on Wednesday.

Local website WCVB reports that the Harry (8) was underwater for around 24 minutes before he was rescued.

Professional diver Michael Margulis had just surfaced from a dive in the area when the incident happened and pulled the boy from underneath the boat.

Margulis said he was able to spot the boy because of his life jacket.

The Boston Globe is reporting that the youngster was taken from the scene in Wareham to Boston Children's Hospital.

But tragically he lost his fight for life on Saturday.

Anne Wilson, a local schools superintendent, expressed condolences in a district wide e-mail on Sunday afternoon. The family are from Poulnaganogue, Clonmel and Harry was in third grade at Nixon Elementary School.

She wrote: “Nothing compares to the grief and sadness of losing a child.

“While the family is the most impacted, many others share in the profound sadness of this tragic event.”

The Tipperary Nationalist is reporting that Harry lived in Sudbury, Boston, with his parents Paudie O'Connor and Laura Lenehan and siblings Ellen, Charlie and Joe.

The family are expected to return to Ireland and funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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