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Irish teenager drowns in Australian reservoir

An Irish teenager working in Australia has drowned in a reservoir where he had been swimming with friends.

Damien Crosby (19) from the Co Monaghan border town of Carrickmacross had been on a one-year working holiday with his cousin David Crosby and three other friends.

He was working on a remote sugar cane farm which is over an hour's flight time from the nearest town, Collinsville, and is 1,245km north of Brisbane, Queensland.

The alarm was raised in the early hours of the morning yesterday after the friends went swimming in the reservoir. The body of the Co Monaghan teen was recovered by local Australian police and the family informed yesterday.

The five friends had started their tour of Australia in June of last year in Melbourne.

All are members of Carrickmacross Emmets hurling club and were due to return home in June.

Damien is survived by his parents Gerry and Regina, and his brother Stephen.

It is expected that it may be several weeks before his remains can be flown home.

Belfast Telegraph