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Water tragedy Teen boy (14) dies in hospital after being pulled from Co Monaghan lake

Teen's death is the eighth to have occurred as result of water-related tragedies in recent days

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Hollywood lake in Co Monaghan. Photograph: Google Street View

Hollywood lake in Co Monaghan. Photograph: Google Street View

Hollywood lake in Co Monaghan. Photograph: Google Street View

A 14-year-boy has died in hospital after a tragic incident in a Co Monaghan lake.

The teenager was airlifted to hospital in Dublin in a serious condition after he was pulled from Hollywood Lake in Co Monaghan.

Despite the efforts of medical staff at Temple Street Children’s hospital the passed away on Monday.

His death is the eighth to have occurred as result of water-related tragedies in recent days.

On Sunday evening a man in his 60s died after getting into difficulty while swimming at Tramore beach in Co Waterford.

And on Friday, another man aged in his 60s, tragically died after being recovered from the sea off Dollymount Strand.

Cllr Paudge Connolly said it was "absolutely frightening” the number of people who drown in this country every year.

“I offer my since condolences to the family of the boy who drowned,” he said. I couldn’t appeal to people enough to be careful when they are in the water. We’re not used being in the water so often, so we have to have our guard up.

“I would appeal to people to be aware and play it safe. These tragedies can happen so quickly, so I would say please be particularly careful when going into the water and be aware of what is happening around you.”

Speaking about the danger of lakes in particular, Cllr Connolly said that water in lakes tends to get very deep very quickly.

“If you’re at the sea then more often than not, you can walk out to a certain depth, but lakes are different and the water temperatures can be much cooler.

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“All inland water in general like rivers and quarries can all be particularly dangerous. I know quarry owners have appealed to people not to swim in them so I’d ask everyone to adhere to those warnings.”

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