Community in mourning in Mayo following Christmas Day tragedy

Two young men died after their jeep was swept away

Community in mourning in Mayo following Christmas Day tragedy

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An investigation is underway after two young men lost their lives when their car was swept away in County Mayo on Christmas Day.

Their Jeep entered the water at around 2.30 on Christmas morning near Louisburgh.

 

The bodies of both men - 26 year old Declan Davitt and 27 year old Martin Needham - were recovered from the Carrowniskey River yesterday evening.

Post mortems are due to be carried out later today.

One man, aged 19, managed to escape and raise the alarm.

Rescue workers and the coast guard helicopter spent the day searching before recovering the first body at around 4 o'clock and the second a short time later.

Post mortems are due to be carried out later today and inquiries are ongoing.

The investigation has been launched by officers at Louisburgh Garda Station to determine the cause of the accident.

It's understood the men were trying to cross the Carrowniskey River when their 4x4 became submerged in the water.