A 13-year-old boy has drowned in a lake in Drogheda.

The boy was swimming with two friends when he got into difficulty in a reservoir in Rosehall in the north of the town this afternoon.

Two girls raised the alarm and the Dundalk Coastguard Unit was alerted at 3.50pm. 

Members of the coastguard along with divers from the Boyne Fishermans Rescue and Recovery recovered the boy's body from the water.

Dermot McConnoran, officer in charge of the Dundalk coastguard unit, said a second tragedy was avoided after another boy went into the reservoir to help his friend and also got into difficulty.

Richard Skelly, a member of Boyne Fishermen Rescue and Recovery, said it was heartbreaking knowing the boys parents were behind a cordon while the search took place. 

He added it's "a terrible tragedy and the whole community is in shock this evening".