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Drowning tragedy Young Co Cavan mother who died while trying to save son from drowning named as Natasha Core

It's understood after rescuing the child, she herself got into difficulties in a dangerous stretch of water on the outskirts of the Co Cavan village

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Natasha Core and Joseph Donohoe

Natasha Core and Joseph Donohoe

Natasha Core and Joseph Donohoe

A young mother of two died while trying to save her own son from drowning in Co Cavan last night.

The young woman, who has been named locally as Natasha Core and who was aged in her late 20s, jumped into the water at around 8:30pm moments after seeing her nine-year-old son get into difficulty while out swimming in Loch Gowna.

It's understood after rescuing the child, she herself got into difficulties in a dangerous stretch of water on the outskirts of the Co Cavan village.

Her boyfriend, Joseph Donohoe took to Facebook this afternoon to describe how his heart was "broken" following news of the tragedy.

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Loch Gowna

Loch Gowna

Loch Gowna

"Words can't describe how much I love and miss you already," he said.

"I hope you get the best bed in heaven because you deserve it. You were the best mother to the boys anyone could ask for."

Locals, meanwhile, have been expressing their own sadness at the tragic events of last night.

"It's very sad," said one local man this afternoon.

A major search operation got underway shortly after 9pm when the alarm was raised with several units of gardaí, fire brigade personnel, civil defence and the Coast Guard Helicopter all being involved.

The young woman's body was discovered a short time later around 15 to 20 feet from the shoreline.

It's believed the young woman, who is not originally from the area, had been living locally for some.

"You would always see her out with the kids," added another local woman.

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"She would have been very quiet. You would say hello to her and she would say hello back, but she was so dedicated to those kids and would have done anything for them."

Gardaí, for the time being, have said they are treating the tragedy as a "swimming accident."

A post mortem on the young woman's body is expected to take place at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan later.

 

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