Michael Staines
Michael Staines

07.21 23 Jul 2021


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A 15-year-old boy has died in hospital after being rescued from Lough Sheelin earlier this week.

The boy got into difficulty while swimming in the lake, which borders Cavan, Westmeath and Meath, on Tuesday afternoon.

He was taken to Temple Street Hospital in Dublin for treatment; however, he was pronounced dead yesterday evening.

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A sign for Lough Sheelin on the borders of Cavan, Westmeath and Meath. Image: Mark Stedman A sign for Lough Sheelin on the borders of Cavan, Westmeath and Meath. Image: Mark Stedman

He is the third person to die in a drowning incident in the Republic this week.

On Wednesday a woman in her 20s died in the water at Lough Gowna in County Cavan.

The mother-of-two’s body was recovered near the shoreline by Cavan Fire Services and Civil Defence at around 9:30pm.

Spencer Harbour in Drumkeeran, Lough Allen, County Leitrim. Image: Google Spencer Harbour in Drumkeeran, Lough Allen, County Leitrim. Image: Google

Meanwhile, a man in his 70s died in a diving accident at Lough Allen on Wednesday.

He was snorkelling at Spencer Harbour in Drumkeeran at 9pm when he failed to return to the surface.

His body was later recovered by local emergency services.

Two other people drowned in the North this week.

A 13-year-old boy died after getting into difficulty while swimming in the Canal Court area of Scarva County Down on Monday.

Meanwhile, a 55-year-old man died in the Lough Melvin area of County Fermanagh on Wednesday morning.


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