On Saturday afternoon, when a 65-year-old local man failed to return after heading for a swim in the quarry at Ahenny near Carrick-on-Suir of Tipperary, Ireland, alarms were being raised. A search rescue team was called to action, but they were unable to recover the man. The search was eventually called off as night approached and visibility was reduced. Yesterday morning, the search resumed at first light and the man’s body was finally retrieved at 9:30am.

After the man’s body was recovered, he was pronounced dead at the scene. This drowning is the eleventh since the heatwave started despite the Gardai, Irish Water Safety, and coastguard units renewing the appeal to the public to be extra vigilant if they intend to partake in any water-based activities. Even on Saturday itself, there was two separate drowning incidents. A 24-year-old man died after he had faced some problems in the sea in Ardara in Co Donegal while in Co Tyrone. In the other incident, a man’s body was retrieved from the Shrule River in Newtownstewart after he had got into a swimming accident.

The man who drowned in Donegal was a local in Ardara. According to reports, the incident took place at Maghera beach, which is considered to be a notorious danger-spot. The alert was sound shortly after 1pm for the father of two young children. Despite the efforts from a woman on the beach as well as two units of Killybegs Coastguard and the Coastguard helicopter at Strandhill, Co. Sligo to rescue him, they didn’t succeed. The native of Clonmel whose family have been living in Ardara for 20 years was airlifted by the helicopter to Letterkenny General Hospital. At 2pm later that day, he was pronounced dead. The man, who is believe to be Conor Cunningham, was with his Brazilian girlfriend when the drowning occurred.

According to a local community leader, his girlfriend only came to Ireland just a few days ago and spoke a limited range of the English language. “That initially gave rise to a lot of confusion on the beach. When the alert was raised the victim was believed to be a foreign national because the girl with him had very little English. I believe she bravely tried to help him and pulled him to shore and administered CPR but it was too late,” stated the community leader. For the rest of the story, you can read it here.

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