Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Man drowns in river in Co Tyrone

Police said an investigation was under way to determine the circumstances surrounding the drowning on the Strule

One man has drowned and another was rescued after they got into difficulty in a river in Northern Ireland.

The men were in the River Strule in Newtownstewart in Co Tyrone when the accident happened at about 5.20pm.

The second man was rescued and treated by ambulance staff.

The dead man is the second person to drown in the last few days after 15-year-old Steven Mitchell from Doagh, Co Antrim, drowned in the River Roe in Co Londonderry on Thursday.

It is understood he went into the water to retrieve a ball.

Police said an investigation was under way to determine the circumstances surrounding the drowning on the Strule.

Police also urged people to be aware of the dangers of being tempted to go swimming in rivers or other non-designated areas.

"This can be a hazardous activity especially where alcohol has been consumed and police would appeal for everyone to stay out of these bodies of water," a spokesperson said.

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