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Drowning horror Man in his 70s dies in snorkelling accident in Drumkeeran, Co Leitrim

In a separate tragedy, a young mum died in a drowning accident in Cavan yesterday.

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Irish Coast Guard helicopter

Irish Coast Guard helicopter

A man in his 70s has drowned in Co Leitrim.

The tragedy occurred at Spencer Harbour in Drumkeeran when the man who was snorkelling failed to return.

His body was recovered shortly afterwards by local emergency services and taken to Sligo University Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

In a separate tragedy, a young mum died in a drowning accident in Cavan yesterday.

It is understood the woman, aged in her late 20s, got into difficulty at around 8.30pm after entering the water at Loch Gowna.

Gardaí believe the young mother may have entered the water to help her child return to the shore when she, herself got into difficulty.

A large-scale search involving the Coast Guard helicopter, several units of gardaí and Civil Defence took place before the young woman's body was recovered after 9pm.

Her body was taken to Cavan General Hospital where a post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out.

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