Tuesday 16 January 2018

Tragic teenager drowns in quarry

Allen Murphy: was on day out with friends
Allen Murphy: was on day out with friends

Brendan Furlong and Eimear Ni Bhraonain

A TEENAGER's body had to be brought to the surface of a disused quarry while his mother watched in despair yesterday.

Allen Murphy (18) had been swimming with friends at the Forth Mountain Quarry near Wexford town when tragedy struck.

The body of the young man, who comes from Larkin's Cross, Barntown, just outside Wexford town, was retrieved from the bottom of the old quarry at 7.30am after Wexford Sub Aqua Club members had resumed a search.

His heartbroken mother, Mary, looked on from the side of the quarry, comforted by friends and family.

Gardai received a call at around 7.30pm on Sunday and emergency services were sent to the scene.

A 14-year-old was clinging to an island in the middle of the quarry. He was airlifted to nearby Wexford General Hospital. A third boy was also taken to hospital where they were both kept overnight for observation.

Mr Murphy, though, remained missing overnight -- and rescuers had to give up the search as darkness fell.

The group had been jumping from rocks before the tragedy.

In the weeks prior to the drowning, Wexford County Council had erected signs warning people not to dive or swim in the disused quarry.

Irish Independent

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