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Woman who drowned in Lanzarote “travelled the world helping others”

Woman who drowned in Lanzarote “travelled the world helping others”

An Irish woman who tragically died on holidays travelled to the most dangerous parts of the world where she worked to improve the lives of others in need.

Elaine O'Donovan was on holiday in Lanzarote when she tragically drowned on Tuesday.

The Waterford woman, who was in her 40s, had studied engineering in Cork before moving to London.

Tonight her family issued a statement to Independent.ie, saying Elaine would be dearly missed.

"Elaine was deeply loved by her family and her many friends all over the world.

"She loved her work as an environmental engineer which took her to the most dangerous parts of the world where she worked to improve the lives of those who so badly needed her help.

"Elaine touched the lives of everyone who knew her. She will be very sadly missed."

Fianna Fail Councillor Adam Whyse said that people in Waterford were stunned by the sad news.

He said: "I know she lived in an estate that's only 30 seconds away from where I lived but I don't think I knew her myself.

"It's a very sad time for her family and friends, the whole city is talking about this, people are just shocked.
"I would just like to extend my deepest sympathies to her loved ones at this time."

He continued to say: "People have been saying that she was a real family person.

"It's so sad to think that she was away on holiday and trying to enjoy herself, it just shows you never know what can happen.

"It's tragic, I think the fact she was on holiday means people can really relate to this."

Sinn Fein Cllr Breda Brennan echoed these sentiments.

She said: "It's going to be a very sad time for her family and friends, it's heartbreaking.

"I just want to send my condolences to them."

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed to Independent.ie that they are aware of the case.

A spokeswoman said they are providing consular assistance to her family but won't be commenting further.

It has been reported that the woman was aged in her 40s and had been living in London.

Kathy Armstrong