The body of a 17-year-old boy has been recovered from canal waters beside Ardnacrusha in Co Clare.

His friends raised the alarm with the emergency services at around 4.40pm.

He has been named locally as Joe Killeen from the village of Meelick, Co Clare.

A number of units from the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue service, gardaí, and the Irish Coastguard helicopter carried out a search in the area.

The body was recovered shortly after 6pm and taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick for a post-mortem.

It brings to five the number of people who have drowned this week.