Belfast Telegraph

Man's body recovered from quarry

The body of a man who drowned swimming in a disused quarry has been recovered.

Gardai said the 22-year-old victim got in to difficulty while swimming with friends on Saturday evening.

The tragic accident happened at a disused quarry at Ballykelly, near Monasterevin, Co Kildare.

His body was recovered by the Garda Sub Aqua Unit and removed to the mortuary at Naas General Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Elsewhere, two divers reported missing in Dublin Bay have been rescued by the RNLI lifeboat from Dun Laoghaire.

The alarm was raised when the pair, who were with a group diving off the Muglins Rock close to Dalkey Island, and did not surface as planned.

A major search operation was launched by the Irish Coast Guard involving its rescue helicopter, RNLI and coast guard crews from Dun Laoghaire and the Irish Naval vessel, the LE Aoife.

At noon - about 30 minutes after the initial call - the two divers were spotted together on the surface.

The pair had been swept a mile and a half north of the original dive site by the incoming tide.

Stephen Wynne, RNLI lifeboat operations manager at Dun Laoghaire, said: "This incident could easily have been a tragedy. Fortunately, the correct procedure was followed in raising the alarm early enough."

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