Double drowning tragedy shocks city and county (05 Jun 2009)
Double drowning tragedy shocks city and county
Kilkenny Advertiser, June 05, 2009.
By Naoise Coogan

KIlkenny has been left shocked following the deaths of two young people in the county’s rivers within 12 hours of each other on Wednesday night.

Onlookers were distraught when the body of 24-year old Angela Delaney of Newpark Close in Kilkenny city was taken from the River Nore at Green’s Bridge at about 11am yesterday by members of Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club.

It understood she had been with friends on the river bank and decided to go for a swim at around 11pm on Wednesday night. It is reported that she climbed down a ladder into the water at John’s Quay, but that she soon got into difficulty and appeared to go under the water and never emerged.

Members of the Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club were alerted at 1am but it was too late to carry out a search and they began this morning at 6am. The woman’s body was later discovered opposite the old swimming pool not far from where she had last been sited, and was removed from the water.

Her family was on the river bank when she was pronounced dead by a local doctor.

Meanwhile earlier yesterday evening a young man’s body was pulled from the River Barrow in Graiguenamanagh after he got into difficulty while swimming in the river close to the diving board.

Attempts were made to rescue Kevin Byrne (22) of Cushenstown, New Ross when it was apparent that he was in difficulty. Two local women swam out to his rescue but he had gone under the water and was not visible.

It is understood visibility was extremely poor in the water at the time and it was 40 minutes later before his body was discovered. Attempts were made to resuscitate him but failed. His body was removed to Waterford Regional Hospital for a post mortem examination.

The area where the young man was swimming is considered to be a relatively safe area for swimming and life guards are on duty during the summer months of July and August and at the weekends in June.

A spokesperson from Kilkenny Sub Aqua Mick Butler was involved in the rescue in the River Nore.

“The good weather brings out the young people and unfortunately they get involved in dangerous situations. There have been fierce antics going on John’s Bridge over the past few days and it is very dangerous. There has been two tragic deaths of young people over the past 24 hours and people need to be reminded that the water is extremely dangerous.”

He also warned youngsters not to tamper with life buoys on the river banks.

“It is so important that there are life buoys available when they are required and tampering with a life-bouy can be fatal. Life buoys save lives and if they are stolen or vandalised in any way they are no use to anyone,” he warned.

The funeral arrangements of the two young victims will be announced today.

Contact: Naoise Coogan
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