Young mum drowns at Cavan lake
The body of the deceased woman has been removed to the mortuary at Navan Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
A young Cavan mum has died following what has been described as a tragic “swimming accident” at this time.
The body of the woman, aged in her late 20's, was recovered from the shoreline at what is locally known as Swan Lough at Loch Gowna by members of the Cavan Fire Services and Civil Defence yesterday evening, July 21.
The alarm had been raised shortly before 9.30pm, when gardaí confirm they attended the scene.
An air support unit attached to the Irish Coastguard was dispatched to the area from Dublin to assist in the search.
A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana confirmed: “On Wednesday, 21st July 2021 shortly before 9.30pm, Gardaí attended at a lake in Gowna, Co Cavan following reports of a drowning incident. The body of a woman (late 20s) was recovered near the shore line by Cavan Fire Services & Civil Defence a short time later.”
The Coroner has since been notified, and the body of the deceased woman has been removed to the mortuary at Navan Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
Gardaí noted that the matter is being treated as a “swimming accident” at this time.
It is the second incident involving persons getting into difficulty in local waters in almost as many days after a teenage boy was rescued from Lough Sheelin shortly before 3pm on Tuesday, July 20.
The boy was taken to CHI Temple Street by air ambulance where his condition remains “serious”.
“Inquiries are ongoing,” say gardaí.
The death of the young woman in Loch Gowna meanwhile occurred within the same hour as the body of a man, aged in his 70's, was pulled from the water near Spencer Harbour, Drumkeeran, near the Cavan-Leitrim border.
The alarm had been raised at approximately 9pm when the man, who is understood to have gone snorkelling, failed to return to the surface.
“His body was recovered from the water a short time later by local emergency services,” a spokesperson for An Garda Siochana also confirmed.
“The Coroner has been notified and the body of the deceased has been removed to the mortuary at Sligo University Hospital for a post-mortem examination.”
They added that the matter is being treated as a “diving accident” and ruled out the possibility of any possible “foul play”.
Large numbers have gathered at lakes and popular swimming spots right across the county amid this current heatwave.
A Status Orange - High Temperature warning has been issued by Me Eireann for counties Cavan, Monaghan, south Leitrim, Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, where maximum temperatures are expected to exceed 30 degrees Celsius in places right up until Friday.