13-year-old who drowned after river fall 'was trying to rescue friend'
A 13-year-old boy, who tragically died after he fell into a river, was trying to save a friend who had fallen in.
The terrible incident occurred at 4pm yesterday, close to the Kilcock Road in Maynooth, Co Kildare.
Three teenagers, two boys and a girl, were playing near the Lyreen River when the tragedy occurred.
It is believed that one of the group fell into the water and the 13-year-old jumped in to try and rescue them. However, he got into difficulty himself.
Another teen, who had also entered the water, managed to escape. He desperately raised the alarm and emergency services rushed to the scene.
The three teenagers were rushed to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Dublin. Despite medics' best efforts, the 13-year-old boy passed away some time later.
His two friends are believed to be in a stable condition.
Gardaí are carrying out a full investigation of the incident. However, they said the boy's death is being treated as an "awful tragedy".
As part of the investigation, a post-mortem will be conducted today.
Local priest for the Maynooth area Fr Liam Rigney told the Irish Independent last night that he had noticed a commotion along the Kilcock Road at the time, but mistook the incident for a car crash.
"I knew something had happened because there was a lot of activity going on around that time. There were fire brigades, ambulances and gardai all around the Kilcock Road. I thought it was a car accident," he said. He described the boy's death as a "terrible tragedy".