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Boy, 14, dies after river swim

A 14-year-old boy has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in a river.

The boy was spotted in the River Shannon in Athlone shortly before 6pm yesterday.

It is believed he was swimming in the water with a group of friends.

A passer-by who realised he had disappeared from view north of the railway bridge in the town raised the alarm.

The nearby Athlone Sub-Aqua Club, which was preparing for a routine training exercise at the time, immediately began searching for the teenager, according to the RNLI.

A lifeboat from Lough Ree was launched, and the boy was located and pulled from the water before being taken to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Co Galway.

He was later transferred to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin.

A Garda spokesman said the boy died in the early hours of this morning.

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