September 15th, 2014

A young man has drowned while swimming in a lake in Killarney

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
People are being warned about swimming in lakes
People are being warned about swimming in lakes

A young man has drowned while swimming in a lake with a friend in Killarney.

The 20-year-old man, named as Keith O'Donoghue, drowned in Lough Leane in Kerry after he got into difficulty swimming in the deep lake. 

His friend alerted the authorities when he realised Keith wasn't with him as he came ashore. 

The Coast Guard helicopter from Shannon, along with the Ballybunnion Coast Guard Unit, were called to the scene but couldn't save the young man. 

His body was recovered from the lake at around 7.30pm, two hours after he got into difficulty.

The young man's death is the latest in a series of drownings in the country since temperatures began to soar. 

Members of the public are being urged to be extra-cautious when swimming. 

Chief executive of Irish Water Safety, John Leech has warned parents to be careful about where their children are swimming, particularly at inland rivers and lakes: “We really want people to swim in designated bathing areas that have lifeguards”.

The Transport Ireland website advises swimmers to: "Only swim at beaches and waterways that have lifeguards on duty and pay attention to the safety flags. Ask the Lifeguard for advice about safety and water conditions and adhere to their instructions. Avoid using inflatable toys, such as lilos and rubber rings, on the water."