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Teenager dies after falling into sea at Hook Head during Storm Desmond

The teenager who was rescued earlier this week after she was swept into the sea off Hook Head has died in hospital, it has been confirmed.

The 15-year-old Dublin venture scout was rescued – along with a 15-year-old boy - after they were swept off rocks by Hook Head last Sunday.

However, during the rescue mission in horrific weather conditions, the teenage girl slipped from the grasp of the helicopter winchman back into the sea.

She was recovered moments later and brought to Waterford University Hospital in Ardkeen where she was in a critical condition.

However, tonight Scouting Ireland said it was “devastated” by the young girl's death.

“Everyone in the scouting community in Ireland is devastated by the death of a Venture Scout following a tragic accident at Hook Head last Sunday.”

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Girl (15) rescued at Hook Head was accidentally dropped back into the sea 

“On behalf of all our members, Scouting Ireland extends our deepest sympathies to her family, who have lost a much loved daughter and sister.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time.”

“We are providing support to the Group and in particular to the venture scouts and their leaders who were visiting Hook Head last Sunday. As you would expect, they are deeply upset and saddened at their fellow Venture Scout’s passing.”

The teenager had recently joined the 55th South Circular Road Scout Group before the incident.

“In her short time with the group she was an enthusiastic and popular member who participated fully in all activities,” Scouting Ireland’s statement said.

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