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A teenage boy has died after plunging from the Powerscourt Waterfall in Co Wicklow.

The boy is understood to be a 15-year-old tourist who was visiting the area.

The tragedy unfolded at around 2.30pm yesterday after the teenager fell from the waterfall.

Emergency services rushed to the location but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gardaí cordoned off the area for a time while they conducted a forensic examination.

The boy's remains were taken to the mortuary at St Colmcille's Hospital in Loughlinstown, where a post-mortem examination was scheduled to be carried out.

An official with the Irish Coast Guard said they had received a request for assistance to airlift another male who was stuck at the top of the waterfall.

Safety

The Dublin Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter was dispatched and the second male was airlifted to safety and did not require additional assistance, the official told the Irish Independent last night.

Volunteers from the Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team also took part in the operation.

It is understood the teenager may have tried to scale a section of the 121-metre high waterfall when he slipped and fell.

Local Sinn Féin TD John Brady, from Bray, Co Wicklow, tweeted his condolences following the tragedy.

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"Terrible news this afternoon from Powerscourt waterfall. RIP," he wrote.

The waterfall, which is situated on the River Dargle, is a major tourist attraction and part of the Powerscourt Estate in nearby Enniskerry.


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