Schoolboy (13) drowns in river after 'trying to save friend' who fell in
A 13-year-old boy drowned yesterday after jumping into a river to try and save his friend.
The schoolboy was one of three teenagers, two boys and a girl, who were playing near the Lyreen River at Maynooth, Co Kildare, when the tragedy occurred.
It is believed that one of the group fell into the water and the 13-year-old jumped in to try and rescue them. However, he got into difficulty himself.
Another teen, who had also entered the water, managed to escape. He desperately raised the alarm and emergency services rushed to the scene.
The tragedy occurred at around 4pm yesterday on a stretch of the Lyreen River near the Kilcock Road.
The three teenagers were rushed to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Dublin. Despite medics' best efforts, the 13-year-old boy passed away some time later.
His two friends are believed to be in a stable condition.
Gardaí are carrying out a full investigation of the incident. However, they said the boy's death is being treated as an "awful tragedy".
As part of the investigation, a post-mortem will be conducted today.
Local priest for the Maynooth area Fr Liam Rigney told the Irish Independent last night that he had noticed a commotion along the Kilcock Road at the time, but mistook the incident for a car crash.
"I knew something had happened because there was a lot of activity going on around that time. There were fire brigades, ambulances and gardaí all around the Kilcock Road. I thought it was a car accident," he said. He described the boy's death as a "terrible tragedy".