Monday 18 December 2017

Student dies in kayaking accident

Soca river in Slovenia
Soca river in Slovenia

Robin Schiller and Gareth Kirwan

A college is in shock after a second student died in the space of just five months as a result of a kayaking accident.

Conor Keleghan was on a kayaking trip in Slovenia with Colaiste Dhulaigh, when he got into difficulty. The 20-year-old from Coolmine, Blanchardstown, had been paddling upstream in the Soca river on Sunday when he got into difficulty.

The young student managed to get out of the kayak, however his arm became caught in a rock.

Senior members of the group eventually discovered the capsized kayak with Conor inside, and frantically attempted to assist him. He was later pronounced dead on the river bank.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that they are aware of the incident, and added that they are providing consular assistance to the family.

The travelling tour had only arrived in Slovenia on Saturday, and is believed to be returning to Ireland in the next 24 hours.

It was the second fatal kayaking accident that claimed the life of a student at the college in just five months.

Shane Murphy, who was in the same class as Conor, died on the Inchavore River.

Irish Independent

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