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24th Aug 2023

14-year-old boy tragically dies in swimming incident in Cork

A 14-year-old boy has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Co Cork.

The boy was swimming with his friends off a boat pontoon in Cork harbour.

The incident is reported to have occurred just after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The boy’s body was found at around 4 p.m.

It is understood that Gardaí, the County Fire Service, HSE ambulances, and River Search & Rescue crews were all at the scene to carry out the search for the young boy.

Divers carried out a search in the water, while the Coastguard deployed their rescue helicopter from Waterford to search the river channel from the air.

The boy’s body will be taken to Cork University Hospital where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

Passage West is reportedly a popular area with youngsters for swimming during the summer months and is only a few hundred meters from Passage West rowing club facilities.