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Teen drowns in swimming trip at disused quarry

A TEENAGER has drowned and two children were lucky to escape with their lives after a summer swimming trip turned to tragedy in Wexford.

The body of the youngster, named locally as Allen Murphy, was recovered from the Forth Mountain quarry in Barnstown, near Wexford early this morning.

The two boys he was with were also from the locality and believed to be aged 14 and 17.

They had to be rescued from the disused quarry as the search for the missing teen got underway.

The alarm was raised at around 7.30pm yesterday by the local gardai and the 14-year-old was found clinging to an island in the middle of the quarry.

He was airlifted from the scene and was rushed to hospital after being pulled from the water.


The 18-year-old remained missing overnight after a search by lifeboat personnel from Rosslare as well as local diving resources failed to find him.

But the youth's body was recovered this morning after the search resumed at first light.

Local Fine Gael councillor Philomena Roche today expressed her sorrow for the family of the drowning victim.

"Forth Mountain is a very scenic little spot but it is also very dangerous," she told the Herald.

"Because it was a quarry the water there is very deep," she added.

Parish priest Fr John Carroll said the thoughts and prayers of the whole town are with the family and friends of the victim.

"This is a terrible tragedy for everyone in Barnstown," he added.