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Declan Reid, who was due to become a father again, was out kayaking on the lock near his family home.

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Declan Reid. Missing feared drowned on River Barrow

Declan Reid. Missing feared drowned on River Barrow

Declan Reid. Missing feared drowned on River Barrow

A body has been recovered in the search for a man who has been missing since a kayaking accident almost a week ago.

A body was recovered on Saturday afternoon during a search for Declan Reid (34) who went missing while out kayaking with his son.

The boy (8) was rescued from the water by a passerby when the kayak capsized on the river Barrow near Ardreigh Lock last Sunday.

Mr Reid had managed to keep the boy afloat and raise the alarm.

“Gardaí in Athy have recovered the body of a male, aged in his 30s, this afternoon following a search operation in the River Barrow, Co. Kildare which commenced on 28th February 2021,” said a Garda spokesperson.

“At approximately 4pm, Gardaí from the Sub-Aqua Unit recovered the body from the water. The body of the male remains at the scene and the local coroner has been notified.

“His body will be removed from the scene shortly, and taken to the mortuary in Naas for a post-mortem examination.”

Mr Reid, who was due to become a father again, was out kayaking on the lock near his family home.

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Members of the Civil Defence search the River Barrow

Members of the Civil Defence search the River Barrow

Members of the Civil Defence search the River Barrow

When the kayak capsized, he managed to keep the boy afloat and a passerby jumped in and made it to the riverbank. But when he returned to save the father he could not be seen.

Speaking earlier this week, Scott McQuaid (23), from Athy in Co Kildare, told how he walking nearby when he heard the cries for help from the water. He had taken lifeguard training so was able to assist.

“We were at the lock and I heard the young boy crying for help. I barely had time to get my shoes off and went into the river, and as I got towards the middle of the river he either kicked towards me or his dad pushed him to me, I’m not sure,” he said.

“The river was fast and high, and the current seemed to be pulling everything into the middle and down towards Carlow. The boy and his dad got separated from the kayak, and I got the boy and started making it towards the riverbank, but the current kept pulling us back towards the middle.”

“At one stage I was shouting for help too. It took me around ten minutes to get the boy to the bank. He was calling for his dad, and he had taken on water, but I kept his head up and kept talking to him.”

“He went quiet for a few minutes and he was kicking in the water to help me get to the bank. When we got there we were too tired to get out. We had to stand in the water at the edge for a few minutes to recover,” he added.

“There were a few people on the riverbank, and the people in the house had called the emergency services, but we couldn’t see the lad’s dad anywhere. His father had jumped in to try to get him but he had to swim back. The current was too much,” said Scott, who had taken lifeguard training when he was younger.

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