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Three drown in separate incidents in counties Cavan, Leitrim and Fermanagh

All three incidents took place on lakes.

Gowna, Co Cavan
Gowna, Co Cavan
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Updated Jul 22nd 2021, 2:12 PM

A WOMAN AND two men have died in separate drowning incidents on lakes in counties Cavan, Leitrim and Fermanagh.

In Co Cavan, gardaí attended Loch Gowna shortly before 9.30pm yesterday following reports of a drowning incident. 

The body of a woman, aged in her late 20s, was recovered near the shoreline by Cavan Fire Service and Civil Defence a short time later. 

The Coroner has been notified and the body of the young woman has been removed to the mortuary at Navan Hospital for a post-mortem examination. 

It’s understood the incident is being treated as a swimming accident. 

In Co Leitrim, the alarm was raised at around 9pm when a man, aged in his 70s, who was snorkelling at Spencer Harbour in Drunkeeran failed to return to the surface. 

His body was recovered from the water a short time later by local emergency services. 

The Coroner has been notified and the body of the man has been removed to the mortuary at Sligo University Hospital for a post-mortem examination. 

It’s understood that this incident is being treated as a diving accident and foul play is not suspected. 

In Fermanagh, a 55-year-old man died following an incident in the Lough Melvin area yesterday morning.

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Emergency services attended the scene, close to the village of Garrison, at around 10am. 

The man was recovered from the water and treated at the scene but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

“The man was treated at the scene, where he tragically passed away. The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage,” a spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

With reporting by Céimin Burke

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