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Gardai are treating the drowning of a young boy at a reservoir in south county Dublin as a tragic accident. (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardai are treating the drowning of a young boy at a reservoir in south county Dublin as a tragic accident. (Niall Carson/PA)

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Gardai are treating the drowning of a young boy at a reservoir in south county Dublin as a tragic accident. (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardai are treating the drowning of a young boy at a reservoir in south county Dublin as a tragic accident.

The body of a 13-year-old teenager was recovered by emergency services from the Bohernabreena reservoir near Dodder Park on Sunday evening.

The alarm was raised after the youngster entered the water but failed to resurface.

His body was taken from the reservoir by a rescue team at around 5pm and he was rushed to Crumlin Children's Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

The scene of the accident has been examined by the Divisional Scenes of Crime Unit and the local Coroner's Office has been notified.

Confirming the news of the tragedy, a Garda spokesperson said it is being treated as an accident. "At approximately 4.45pm, gardai received reports of a male entering the water who had failed to resurface. The body of the 13-year-old was recovered from the water a short time later and removed to Crumlin Children's Hospital where he was pronounced dead."

Local representatives said the news of the tragedy has come as a shock to the local community. Sinn Fein TD Sean Crowe expressed his condolences over the tragic accident.

"Hearing of a tragic drowning involving a young teenager in the Dodder River at Bohernabreena earlier today. Comhbhron and thinking of the family getting this awful news," he tweeted yesterday.

South Dublin County Councillor Alan Edge, who lives near the reservoir, said: "Your heart goes out to the family, it's a real tragedy. There's a real sense of shock."

Mr Edge said he doesn't believe the boy is from the local area as the reservoir draws visitors from across the greater Dublin area and beyond in good weather.

The reservoir is located in the Glenasmole Valley of the Dublin Mountains and is a popular beauty and hiking spot.

However, the River Dodder, which flows through the reservoir, can be dangerous in places and there are 'no swimming signs' posted in the area, he said.

The tragedy was among a number of water-related incidents in the Republic at the weekend in which eight people were rescued by the RNLI.

Belfast Telegraph