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Teenage boy drowns while swimming in River Shannon harbour

A teenage boy has drowned after getting into trouble while swimming in a harbour on the River Shannon.

The incident happened before 6pm at Tarmon Harbour, in Tarmonbarry, on the Shannon at the border between Co Longford and Co Roscommon.

A group of young people were enjoying the warm weather at the harbour when tragedy struck.

It is understood the 17-year-old boy jumped into the water before getting into difficulty.

Locals said it appeared the friends of the youngster, understood to be from Newtown Forbes area, tried to help him with a life ring.

"It seems like he jumped in and suffered a cramp or something.

"They threw a ring to him and he seemed to grab onto it at first, but then went under," one local woman said.

She said some of his friends also entered the water to try and help.

Rescue crews, aided by locals, launched a rescue operation.

A local man with a boat eventually pulled the youngster from the river.

His remains were placed in a waiting ambulance before his visibly distraught parents arrived on the scene a short time later.

Locals said the area is a popular spot for youngsters when it is warm.

A man said: "It's a private marina, but the kids do come down and jump in. "

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