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Body of boy (5) recovered from Lough Mask, Co Mayo


Gardai supported the search operation.

Gardai supported the search operation.

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Gardai supported the search operation.

Search teams have been stood down after recovering the body of a five-year-old boy on Tuesday morning who was missing at Lough Mask in Co Mayo.

The search, which swung into action on Monday, was led by the Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-92 helicopter with the support of local gardaí, Civil Defence, Lough Mask Water Rescue and a local dive team.

The alarm was raised shortly before 6.30pm on the north western section of Lough Mask, close to Toormakeady.

The area is popular for fishing and recreational boating.

It’s understood the child, the youngest of five siblings, entered the water after he had been playing with his siblings on a dinghy. A friend of the family told Independent.ie that the community is in “shock.”

He added: “I know the family very well, God help them, it’s a tragedy - what a terrible, terrible thing to happen.”

Local councillor Michael Burke said the community is devastated.

“It’s horrendous. I only heard about this late this evening and I am dumbfounded and shocked, as is everyone. It’s unbelievably tragic and cruel.”

It came after, in a separate incident, a young man was left fighting for his life after suffering critical injuries when he dived off a 17 metre (50ft) cliff in Cork and struck submerged rocks.

The 35-year-old is being treated for critical head and spinal injuries after the incident at Nohoval Cove, roughly 30km from Cork.

It is understood he was at the popular coastal spot with friends enjoying the sunshine.

The man, who is believed to be from nearby Carrigaline, apparently struck hidden rocks as he dived into the sea around 2pm on Sunday.

A member of the public raised the alarm and a major rescue operation was mounted.

The Coast Guard’s Shannon-based Rescue 115 Sikorsky helicopter was tasked to the scene while RNLI and Coast Guard units from Kinsale, Oysterhaven and Summercove also attended.

Kinsale RNLI volunteers helped bring the injured man ashore and he was then taken by helicopter to Cork University Hospital (CUH)Two ambulances attended the scene but a helicopter transfer was deemed faster given the serious nature of the injuries.

Irish Independent