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Local TD Danny Healy-Rae said it was an "appalling tragedy" that had left everyone in the village shocked and saddened.

Local TD Danny Healy-Rae said it was an "appalling tragedy" that had left everyone in the village shocked and saddened.

Local TD Danny Healy-Rae said it was an "appalling tragedy" that had left everyone in the village shocked and saddened.

The body of a woman who got into difficulty kayaking has been recovered after an extensive search.

The alarm was raised near the village of Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, shortly after noon yesterday.

Gardai, paramedics, the Coast Guard and members of the fire service were quickly on the scene.

It is understood the woman - who was in her 30s and believed to be from Cork - was one of a group of five or six experienced kayakers who were travelling on the River Roughty between the Loop Bridge and Kilgarvan.

The river is a popular area for the sport and attracts kayakers from all over Munster most weekends.

Rescue crews searched the river for two hours before the woman's body was found submerged in water about 2km from Kilgarvan.

Her body was taken to University Hospital Kerry.

Local TD Danny Healy-Rae said it was an "appalling tragedy" that had left everyone in the village shocked and saddened.

He said he was driving from his home toward Killarney when an ambulance and fire engine passed him in the opposite direction.

Fatal

Meanwhile, a garda spokesperson said enquiries into the tragedy were under way.

"Gardai and emergency services attended the scene of a fatal drowning incident which occurred in the Roughty River, Kilgarvan, Co Kerry," they said.

"At approximately 12pm, a female in her 30s got into difficulty while kayaking.

"She was later pronounced dead at the scene and her remains were taken to University Hospital Kerry. Enquiries are ongoing."

The weather was said to be good at the time.

Gardai described her death as "tragic".

The identity of the woman will not be released until all relatives have been notified of the tragedy.

Johnny Healy-Rae, who is also a local representative in Kilgarvan, offered his tributes to the woman's family.

"My heart goes out to this poor woman who lost her life in this tragic way.

"The river is very popular for kayakers because of its fast rapids, but you would never expect something like this to happen," he said.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them.


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