Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Man drowns in disused Ahenny quarry

Garda divers joined the search at the quarry

A man in his 60s who went swimming in a disused quarry has become the latest person to drown this summer.

The man's body was recovered from water in an old slate quarry in Ahenny, north of Carrick-on-suir, near the Tipperary-Kilkenny border on Sunday morning.

Gardai said the sub-aqua unit, the Coast Guard and local rescue teams had been involved in the rescue operation.

The man was reported missing on Saturday evening at about 6.30pm after going swimming and his body was recovered from the water at about 9.30am.

He is the second person to die in water in Ireland this weekend.

A 24-year-old, named locally as Conor Cunningham, died while swimming in the sea off Ardara, Co Donegal, on Saturday.

Elsewhere, in Northern Ireland, James Kincaid, 34, drowned on Saturday in the River Strule in Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone. He was from the local area.

A second man was rescued from the water in the same incident.

Irish Water Safety has made repeated appeals for awareness of the dangers of swimming in areas without lifeguards, especially in open water, and the difficulty of swimming in cold water following a series of deaths in rivers, lakes and at sea.

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