Young man drowns in Co Roscommon lake

Friday 12 July 2013 22.32
The Shannon Rescue Helicopter was involved in the search
The Shannon Rescue Helicopter was involved in the search

A post-mortem examination is to be carried out on the body of a young man who died while swimming in a lake yesterday near Strokestown, Co Roscommon.

He has been named locally as Daniel Harding, 19, of Hazelwood Park in Elphin.

The young man was swimming with friends at around 8pm last night at Drinaun Lake between Strokestown and Elphin when he got into difficulty.

Gardaí and emergency services were called to the scene.

A search of the lake was carried out with the assistance of the local sub aqua unit, local anglers and the Shannon rescue helicopter.

Mr Harding's body was found at around midnight and brought to Roscommon Hospital.

It has now been removed to Galway University Hospital, where a post-mortem is being carried out.

Local Councillor Valerie Byrne said his family and community were completely shocked by his tragic death.

Mr Harding was due to travel to England today with his father to look for work.

Yesterday, a 11-year-old boy died after he got into difficulty while swimming at Youghal beach in Co Cork.

A 21-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy died in separate drowning incidents on Wednesday.

Lisa Knight was with a group of friends swimming in the River Feale in Co Limerick when she became separated from them.

Following a search, she was taken unconscious from the water but efforts to revive her failed.

In Co Kildare, a teenage boy died after he got into difficulty while swimming in a river in Celbridge.

Warning to parents

Irish Water Safety Chief Executive John Leech has urged parents to ensure that their children do not go swimming unsupervised.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Leech said people should swim in designated swimming areas with life guards or in well-known swimming areas.

Mr Leech said the good weather has resulted in novice and inexperienced swimmers taking to open water, some for the first time, and often with no supervision.

He said people are also going swimming in areas that are unusual and unfamiliar, and that are neither designated nor well-known swimming spots.

Mr Leech warned that paddling pools, which many parents will have bought for their children in recent days, can be "very, very dangerous" and can be "absolutely lethal".

He warned: "If you're going to use them, which we don’t recommend, have only a small amount of water in it, and the crucial thing is supervision.

"And when it’s not being used, empty it, because otherwise you’ll get distracted, you’ll go into the kitchen, the child will go back out and drown in inches of water.

"We’re not fans of them but we understand why people use them, but you've just got to empty them when you’re not using them."

The ESB has also said it would like to remind the public that swimming is not permitted in any of the ESB reservoirs.