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Lough Erne: Woman dies after falling from boat in Enniskillen

By Christopher Woodhouse

A woman has died after falling from a boat moored on the shore of Lower Lough Erne in Enniskillen.

At around 2.40am on Saturday, police received reports from a member of the public that a man and a woman had gone into the water near the jetty at the Round O.

A full search operation was mounted and the pair were recovered.

First aid was carried out at the scene before they were transferred to the South West Acute Hospital but the woman, aged 49, was pronounced dead a short time later.

The man is still being treated at the hospital. Police enquiries into the incident are still ongoing.

On Saturday evening Ulster Unionist MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Rosemary Barton sent her sympathies to the woman’s family.

“I extend my deepest sympathy to the family of the lady who died earlier this morning as the result of a boating tragedy at the Round O jetty in Enniskillen,” said Mrs Barton.

“It is very sad that something like this should happen on what should be a fun time for families over the bank holiday weekend.

“I also commend the member of the public who raised the alert and the emergency services who reacted so swiftly to try to save lives during this incident.”

She added: “I appeal to everyone, whether they are boating or travelling on our roads, to be always mindful of how simple accidents can happen.”

PSNI Inspector Keith Hicks also sent his condolences to the dead woman’s family and said that a post mortem is expected to be carried out.

“Local police would extend their sympathies to the family and would offer thanks to all of the agencies involved in the operation.”

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