Drogheda teenager drowns in reservoir at Rosehall

Reservoir where boy drowned Image copyright RTE
Image caption The boy had been swimming with friends when the tragedy happened

A 13-year-old boy has drowned in a reservoir in Drogheda, County Louth.

The boy was swimming with two friends when he got into difficulty in the reservoir at Rosehall, in the north of the town, on Thursday afternoon.

Two girls raised the alarm and the Dundalk Coastguard Unit was alerted.

Divers from the Boyne Fishermen's Rescue and Recovery also joined the search. The boy was found after about half an hour.

Dermot McConnoran, officer in charge of the Dundalk coastguard unit, said a second tragedy was avoided after another boy went into the reservoir to help his friend and also got into difficulty.

Richard Skelly, a member of Boyne Fishermen Rescue and Recovery, said it was "a terrible tragedy and the whole community is in shock this evening".