17-year-old Damola Adetosoye lost his life while swimming in the Shannon yesterday evening
Tributes are being paid today to a Longford teenager who lost his life while swimming in the River Shannon.
Friends of 17-year-old Damola Adetosoye made desperate attempts to rescue him when he got into difficulty just before 5pm yesterday evening.
A number of nearby boats also came to his aid at the popular swimming spot of Tarmon Harbour - a marina near the village of Tarmonbarry in Co Roscommon.
Tragically however, the young man's body was recovered from the water a short time later.
This afternoon, Damola’s school Templemichael College in Longford released a heartfelt tribute, remembering him as a “very popular student with staff and students alike and an excellent role model to all.”
“Damola will be remembered as a very talented, enthusiastic and hardworking student,” it said. “He immersed himself in so many aspects of our school life and was always on hand to help out.”
“Damola will also be remembered on the soccer field where his talents, skills and work ethic were also well known.
“He represented the school with great fervour, captaining school teams on many occasions. A fearless but fair competitor Damola gained the respect of teammates and opponents alike. He will be sadly missed.”
Damola's family and friends are being supported by local youth services in the area this lunchtime as they struggle to come to terms with the loss.
Tributes have been pouring in for Damola who was a keen soccer and GAA player.
He was also a member of the Attic House youth centre in Longford – which is open today to support his family and friends.
Chairperson of the centre is Ruth McGarry Quinn - she's been speaking to Shannonside Northernsound.
“All I do know is that every attempt was made and all of the young people were absolutely amazing that were out there in trying to assist and help with the various agencies that were on the scene,” she said.
A post-mortem examination on Damola's body is due to take place this afternoon.
Gardaí plan to interview eyewitnesses as part of their ongoing inquiries.
With reporting from Paul Quinn ...