Netizen 24 IRL: Community 'in shock' as two teenage friends (15) lose their lives in quarry tragedy

Diposting oleh On 23.13

Community 'in shock' as two teenage friends (15) lose their lives in quarry tragedy

Community 'in shock' as two teenage friends (15) lose their lives in quarry tragedy

Pat Flynn, Gordon Deegan and Ian Begley

A teenage boy who drowned in an 80ft-deep quarry was making a desperate bid to save his friend who had got into difficulty.

The two secondary school students both lost their lives in the tragedy which happened as the country baked in hot sunshine yesterday afternoon.

Gardaí examine the scene of the double drowning at an abandoned qua   rry near Ennis yesterday. Photo: Pat Flynn
Gardaí examine the scene of the double drowning at an abandoned quarry near Ennis yesterday. Photo: Pat Flynn

Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney, both 15, were among a group of youngsters who had been swimming in an abandoned quarry near Knockanean just a short distance from Ennis.

The two teenagers were pronounced dead at University Hospital Limerick last night after being earlier airlifted to the hospital by the Shannon Coastguard helicopter.

Onlookers on the shore raised the alarm at around 3.30pm after both boys disappeared below the surface and didn't reappear. A major rescue operation was quickly launched.

But despite the best efforts of rescuers, it is understood they had been in the water for up to 30 minutes before they were brought to the surfa ce.

An eye-witness told of the frantic efforts to rescue two teenagers from the water.

The local man phoned '999' after friends of the two teenagers shouted from across the water to get help.

Shay Moloney. Photo: Eamon Ward
Shay Moloney. Photo: Eamon Ward
Jack Kenneally Photo: Eamon Ward

A firefighter and a local man using diving equipment both made attempts to recover the boys who were lying on rocks under the deep water.

The witness said that he could hear young voices saying "hold him up, hold him up, hold him up".

Distressed friends of the two teenagers were also at the scene.

He said: "We responded as best as we could. It is terri bly sad for the poor people."

It is understood that both boys attended St Flannan's College in Ennis and were keen sportsmen. Jack Kenneally was a talented rugby player.

Local councillor, Mary Howard said she knows the families through sport in Ennis and said she is "absolutely heartbroken".

"Every summer we hear about people drowning in our rivers and lakes and at beaches, but you just don't think it's going to come to your own front door," she said.

"It's a parent's worst nightmare, my heart breaks for the family concerned. I'm in shock and everybody else is in shock," she added.

Families

Senior Garda, Fire Service and Civil Defence officers attended the scene while gardaí travelled to the homes of the young men to advise their families of the incident.

Confirming the double drowning tragedy, Chief Superintendent John Kerin of the Clare Garda Di vision said: "It's a truly awful tragedy. Both were extremely popular and talented teenagers. Our hearts go out to their families."

He said: "They are in our thoughts and prayers. We urge all to only swim at locations with lifeguards."

His colleague, Inspector John Ryan said that it was a very distressing scene at the scene as the operation to rescue the two took place.

The body of water known as the 'Quarry' locally is a swimming blackspot.

There are signs at the entrance of the lands stating 'Danger - Deep Water - No Swimming' and 'Danger silt Pond, Deep Water, Keep Clear'.

The incident today follows the death of an Ennis school boy who drowned in the same body of water in the early 1980s.

A local man said "because it is a quarry, it is 60ft to 80ft deep in spots".

But after the majority of emergency services had left the scene following the rescue operation, two youths were still jumping from rocks into the water and swimming last night.

The man added: "You will have teenagers back here tomorrow if it is hot. I am living here 20 years and I don't see anyone paying heed to the signs yet."

Another local said: "When I heard the sirens and saw the helicopter my heart just sank. I knew it was the quarry. I just knew it wasn't good.

"The helicopter was on the ground for a good hour and took towards Limerick. It's awful altogether."

With the hot weather continuing into the bank holiday weekend, thousands of people have headed to parks, rivers and beaches in a bid to enjoy the sunshine and cool down.

But the RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard issued a joint statement cautioning that an improvement in the weather does not mean warmer water temperatures.

Irish waters rarely exceed 15C, making them cold enough year-round to trigger cold water shock, which can quickly le ad to drowning.

A garda investigation into the tragic double drowning incident in Ennis is now being carried out.

Irish Independent

Follow @Independent_ie
Yvonne Bannigan Photo: Facebook

Dublin woman arrested for allegedly stealing $50k from former Vogue model

Kyle Ewald and Rachel Farrell A former assistant of acclaimed model and former Vogue creative director Grace Coddington has been arrested after she was accused of stealing more than $50,000 (€42,870) from her past employer.

Copper Face Jacks on Dublin’s Harcourt Street

City of Light or...the shifting wall? How Coppers got it absolutely right

Kirsty Blake Knox Who needs Paris when you can have... the shifting wall?

Comedian Brendan O’Carroll’s mother raised issue in the Dáil

'Removal of those children definitely illegal,' O'Carroll's mum told Dáil in 1956

Kevin Doyle Far from being a dark secret, illegal adoptions were openly debated on the floor of the Dáil in 1956 after being raised by comedian Brendan O'Carroll's mother.

  • Most Read
  • Most Shared
The Scen   e at an old quarry near Roslevan , Ennis where two teenagers got into difficulty while swimming on Thursday afternoon. Photograph: Eamon Ward

'A truly awful tragedy' - two teens confirmed dead after getting into difficulty while... Irish News

Tallaght Hospital

Man rushed to hospital in critical condition after assault Irish News

Dr Austin Darragh

Children of highly successful businessman told 'there's no money for burial, the bank... Courts

Stock picture

Shoppers horrified as elderly man dies in busy shopping centre Irish News

Lavinia McKenna, 31yrs, of Glendhu Road, Navan Road, Dublin, pictured leaving the Four Courts after she settled her Civil Court action for damages

Woman who slipped at Disney on Ice show settles €60k personal injuries claim Irish News

St Peter & Paul's in Dunboyne, Co Meath

Priest tells St Vincent de Paul to remove clothing bank from church car park in row over... Irish News

The Scene at an old quarry near Roslevan , Ennis where two teenagers got into difficulty while swimming on Thursday afternoon. Photograph: Eamon Ward

'A truly awful tragedy' - two teens confirmed dead after getting into difficulty while... Irish News

Dr Austin Darragh

Children of highly successful businessman told 'there's no money for burial, the bank... Courts

Garda appeal for information about missing girl (15) Irish News

Five seriously injured as car ploughs into pedestrians in Manchester Britain

Independent.ie

Editor's Choice

Vantastival 2018. PIC: vantastival.com

From Bloom to Cat Laughs â€" what’s on this Bank Holiday weekend

Ray D'Arcy with Gay Byrne at RTE Radio 1

‘I have great regrets - I regret now the amount of time I gave to this place' - Gay Byrne on RTE

A woman breaks down in tears as the results in the Irish referendum on the 8th amendment Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The people heard our plea and answered with a roar

It took me a moment to understand what the exit poll said. So many of...

Yvonne Bannigan Photo: Facebook

Dublin woman arrested for allegedly stealing $50k from former Vogue model

A former assistant of acclaimed model and former...

Stock photo

'Coppers effect' more than a myth as gardaí and nurses tie the knot

Sometimes clichés are true - male gardaí do go on to...

A doctor comforts a woman (in sunglasses) as she is led away by a police officer after taking an abortion pill during a protest in Belfast. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Police seize Belfast pro-choice campaigners' pills and robots

Police have seized two robots that pro-choice activists had planned to use to deliver...

Stock photo

Charges are 'not likely' after Garda probe into adoptions

A Garda investigation into illegal adoptions from St Patrick's Guild is unlikely to result in...

Copper Face Jacks on Dublin’s Harcourt Street

City of Light or...the shifting wall? How Coppers got it absolutely right

Who needs Paris when you can have... the shifting...

Comedian Brendan O’Carroll’s mother raised issue in the Dáil

'Removal of those children definitely illegal,' O'Carroll's mum told Dáil in 1956

Far from being a dark secret, illegal adoptions...

Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Locals to take legal action as incinerator given the green light

Furious Cork Harbour residents have vowed to take...

Attorney General Seamus Woulfe

AG reviewing 1995 ban on abortion referrals

A decision is expected within a fortnight on whether a 1995 ban on doctors referring...

Cameron Reilly

Reservoir drained in hunt for iPhone of murdered Cameron

Investigator are draining a reservoir as part of the search for the phone of...

Padraig McLoughlin and Kathryn Thomas. Picture: John Dardis

Bannon hails 'tiny but tough' Michael at Iftas

There was a poignant moment on stage at the Ifta Awards ceremony as architect Dermot...

VIDEO: Shock as fire breaks out on M50

Major delays on M50 as emergency services deal with truck on fire

VIDEO: Truck on fire at the Sandyford exit on M50

Major delays on M50 as emergency services deal with truck on fire

VIDEO: 'Sparkle and colour' at Ana Kriegel's funeral today to celebrate her life

WATCH: 'We might have lost you minister' - Committee reaction to Minister Ross' rickshaw journey

VIDEO: Water pipe in east Meath bursts close to the location of last year's major outage

WATCH: Ireland's strongest man in the running to become strongest man in the world

WATCH: 'When you're dying you're the strongest you will ever be because you're...

Emma Mhic Mhathuna speaks out at...

A supporter holds photo of Savita Halappanavar in Dublin Cast   le as Ireland has voted to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution which prohibits abortions unless a mother's life is in danger.

VIDEO: Simon Harris - 'Abortion law may take until the end of the year to be implemented'

WATCH: TD Clare Daly choked with emotion during passionate speech on the...

Yesterday, in her first address since...

VIDEO: Zappone reveals at least 126 babies incorrectly registered

The adoption controversy means dozens of...

Seven year old Lottie Lenihan from Yorkshire brings her fourteen month old cousin, Ronan Dries for a paddle along Burrow beach in Sutton. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 29/5/18

In pictures: Ireland laps up sizzling temperatures on hottest day of the year

Tally woman Della McGuinness from Roscommon Town during the Referendum Count at The Hyde Centre in Roscommon Town. Pic Steve Humphreys

50 poignant photographs from all around Ireland as country moves to a 'Yes' vote

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina cast their votes at the polling station in St Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park, Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

In Pictures: Thousands hit the polls on referendum day

21 Mar 2018: General view of Fire Brigade attempting to put out fire at Metro Hotel, Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Q   uinn

Ballymun fire

Snowy conditions return to Sallins, Co. Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018

In Pictures: Snow returns to Ireland in mid-March

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) and his partner Matt Barrett walk in the St Patrick's Day parade on 5th Avenue in New York City Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar walks in the St Patrick's Day parade on 5th Avenue in New York City

Therese Eagers digs a pathway through the snow in her back garden in Rathcoole. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Were the warnings about Storm Emma overblown? These photos from around Ireland...

Some have been complaining that the blizzard and...

Wexford town

Gallery: Your photos as Storm Emma dumps huge amounts of snow across the country

Dagmara Jakkububowicz from Carrigaline walks her dog Bubu around the pond in the Community Park in Carrigaline Co. Cork.- Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger

15 uplifting images from the professionals that show the enjoyable side of Ireland's snow days

The Campbell family with their igloo creation

Gallery: Our readers captured some beautiful images around the country - here are our favourites

Source: Google News

Next
« Prev Post
Previous
Next Post »