Tributes paid after tragic teen Aoife dies days after being swept into sea

NewsBy Ciaran Lennon
Tragic teen Aoife Winterlich
Tragic teen Aoife Winterlich

This is the face of tragic teenager Aoife Winterlich, who died after falling into the sea this week in Co Wexford.

The 14-year-old girl from Walkinstown in Dublin died yesterday, days after she was swept into the sea by a freak wave while on a scouting trip at Hook Head.

Two other group members were also dragged into the sea but were rescued.

It was revealed that Aoife was accidentally dropped into the sea during a helicopter rescue.

She was immediately taken out a second time before been flown to Crumlin hospital in Dublin where she sadly died from her injuries yesterday.

An air accident inquiry in under way into the rescue incident.

Scouting Ireland said in a statement that they were heartbroken by Aoife’s passing.

They said: “Everyone in the Scouting community in Ireland is devastated by her death.

“On behalf of all our members, we extend our deepest sympathies to her family, who have lost a much loved daughter and sister.

Hook Head lighthouse

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time. She had recently joined the 55th South Circular Road Scout Group and in her short time with the group she was an enthusiastic and popular member who participated fully in all activities...

“As you would expect, they are deeply upset and saddened by the death of their fellow scout. May she rest in peace.”