Man drowns in lake near Strokestown

Patrick Conboy

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Patrick Conboy

The Coast Guard helicopter from Shannon was called in to assist in the search for the man's remains.
A 19 year-old man has drowned in a swimming accident at a lake near Strokestown in Co Roscommon.

A 19 year-old man has drowned in a swimming accident at a lake near Strokestown in Co Roscommon.

The man had been swimming with friends at Drinaun Lake yesterday evening when he got into difficulty. His friends raised the alarm at around 8pm and emergency services attended the scene. The Coast Guard helicopter from Shannon was also called in to assist with the search.

“Our divers located the man’s body at around 10.45pm,” said Frank Casey of Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club. “The helicopter attempted to use its infrared equipment to trace the remains, but unfortunately the good weather had heightened the temperature of the water, which affected its accuracy.”

According to Mr Casey, Drinaun Lake is a dangerous location for swimmers. “There is a shelf in the lake,” he explained. “It is shallow near the shoreline, but as you move further out there is a sudden drop. The depth can go from one metre to four metres in a very short space, and we know from previous experience that the lake is as deep as 15 metres in places. Another factor that people don’t consider when swimming in lakes is that there can be currents.”

A post mortem will be carried out today, but Gardaí say they are treating the drowning as a tragic accident.

The incident at Drinaun Lake is the fourth drowning in as many days on Ireland’s inland waterways.