Sunday 25 March 2018

Man and a woman die in separate drowning tragedies

A man and woman have died in separate drowning incidents
A man and woman have died in separate drowning incidents

Stephen Maguire and Emma Jane Hade

A man and woman have died in separate drowning incidents.

A search was launched yesterday morning after a man in his 20s fell into the River Finn at Cloghan in Donegal whilst fishing.

The man was believed to be with a group of people when he fell into the water at around 11.45am at a place known locally as The Salmon Leap at Cloghan.

Gardai at Letterkenny alerted Malin Head Coastguard, who scrambled the Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo to take part in the search. Gardai and local divers searched the riverbank and his body was pulled from the water yesterday evening.

Meanwhile, a 69-year-old woman passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning after she fell into the lake close to Drumineer in Co Tipperary.

It is understood that she was with a male companion at the time of the tragic incident, and they were returning to a boat that was moored at the local marina.

The emergency services were alerted at approximately 12.30am, and the RNLI and the Coastguard were both deployed to the scene.

A resident close to the area where the incident happened last night said it was a tragic incident, and that it is understood the woman may have "tripped over something small" causing her to enter the water.

It's understood that the dead woman was a "frequent visitor to the area".

Irish Independent

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