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Navy divers recover two bodies from River Lee

NAVAL Service divers have recovered two bodies from the River Lee near Cork city centre.

The bodies, believed to be that of a man and woman, were located in the water close to the Port of Cork sign at Customs House Quay yesterday.

The deaths are not being treated as suspicious and are both believed to be tragic incidents.

It is unclear whether the man and woman entered the water together or at separate times in the same area.

The discovery was made after gardai studied CCTV footage in their bid to locate a missing 27-year-old woman who was last seen on December 4 in the Andersons Quay area of the city centre.


The navy divers conducted a detailed search of a specific part of the city quays at the request of the gardai.

Both bodies were taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) on Saturday night where formal identification will be carried out today before post mortem examinations are conducted.

Mallow Search and Rescue have said the search was initially just for one person, who was believed to be homeless and had been missing for several days, but on arrival they were informed by gardai that a second body was thought to be in the water.

The discovery follows the separate deaths of two homeless people in the city within the past fortnight.