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Body of student Steven Kavanagh recovered from Shannon

The LIT Students’ Union Vice-President had been missing since 6 March.

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Updated at 11.10pm

A TEAM FROM Mallow Search & Rescue recovered the body of missing student Steven Kavanagh from the River Shannon this afternoon.

The 21-year-old, who was vice president of LIT Student’s Union, had been missing for almost three weeks.

It’s understood his body was recovered at Ardnacrusha power station shortly before 1pm.

The Union of Students in Ireland has said it’s “saddened” by the news his death.

According to a statement:

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this extremely difficult and challenging time.

Steven was one of the most genuine and honest people to have been involved in USI for many years.

His dedication and commitment to the student cause both on a national level and working on behalf of the students in LIT was unparalleled. He is a true inspiration to all of us in the student movement.

Steven was last seen in the early hours of Thursday 6 March.

He had left Thomond Student Village in Limerick, and was seen getting into a taxi at 1.50am heading towards Clonlara. It is believed that he was seen getting out of the taxi on the Killaloe side of the Clonlara Bridge soon afterwards.

A large-scale search has been under way since then. The Limerick Leader reports that more than 100 people took part in a search of the area at the weekend.

The USI says it will release removal and funeral arrangements once they’re confirmed.

This is obviously an extremely difficult time for those of us who knew Steven, and the many students who assisted in his role in LIT Students’ Union. For anyone who requires support or just someone to talk to, we here at USI are of course available and are happy to talk or just listen.

The statement concludes:

Talking is a sign of strength.  There’s always someone willing to listen- Reach out to others and be there for one another.
For online counselling please visit Turn2Me. In the registration process, there is a question about ‘referral pathway’, in this section you can put in ‘USI’, then they can identify you coming via USI.
First posted at 9.42pm.

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