Two people drown in River Shannon

The man was an Irish national in his late 30s while gardaí believe the woman - also in her 30s - was from England

A man and a woman have drowned in Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Leitrim.

Searches had been ongoing since lunchtime when it was reported that two people had entered the water.

Two bodies were recovered from the River Shannon this afternoon.

The man was an Irish national in his late 30s while gardaí believe the woman - also in her 30s - was from England.

The pair had been living in Germany and were on holidays in the area.

Gardaí said they had hired a cruiser on the river earlier this week.

They were last seen at a local restaurant on Wednesday night and were reported missing when a relative was unable to make contact this morning.

The body of the man was discovered in the water close to the hired cruiser at 2pm and the woman's body was later recovered.

The bodies have been removed to Sligo University Hospital where a post mortem will be carried out on Monday.

At this stage the deaths are being treated as accidental.