Two young men drown in river accidents

Niall O'Connor
June 2013
Daily Mail;6/11/2013, p22
A TALENTED teenage GAA player was among those who lost their lives in the weekend heatwave. Chris O'Sullivan, 17, was out celebrating a victory for his local GAA club at a barbeque with friends in Rathmore, Co. Kerry, when he drowned in the River Blackwater. In a separate late night incident in Cork, five young men were arrested for public order incidents shortly after a man drowned. Michael O'Driscoll, 21, of Model Farm Road in Cork city, got into difficulties in the River Lee near Inniscarra Graveyard in Co. Cork at about 12.30am yesterday. His body was recovered from the water a short time later. However, emergency services were attacked at the scene as they tried to rescue the man. Both drowning incidents prompted the Irish Water Safety to warn the public to be vigilant in the water. IWS spokesman John Leech asked holidaymakers to take care near water. 'Rivers are by far the most hazardous place to swim,' he said. 'So only do it [swim] in designated bathing areas and preferably with a lifeguard.' Mr Leech warned that hot weather often lulls people into a false sense of security. 'Swimming may give the feeling of warmth but muscles cool quickly in cold water, which may impair a person's ability to swim ashore,' he said. 'Children are curious about water, therefore, it is critical that adults supervise children at all times at beaches, inland waterways and farms.' Chris O'Sullivan, pictured above, was swimming near Knocknagree in North Cork when tragedy struck. He had gone with his friends to the nearby Lisheen Bridge and jumped into a four metre-deep pool but didn't surface. Valiant attempts were made by strong swimmers in his company to rescue him, while others rang for emergency services. It took 20 minutes to recover his body and while frantic efforts were made by rescue crews on the river-bank to revive him there were still no signs of life when he was airlifted to Cork University Hospital. His mother Sharon and father Gerry have three other sons - Tyrone, who is in Australia and Tomás, who is in Britain, as well as Daniel. Last night the village of Rathmore was in deep shock. Christopher's school released a statement saying: 'It is with profound sadness that the management, staff and students of Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra have learned of the tragic death. Christo-pher had just completed fifth year. He was extremely popular with both staff and students and was liked for his pleasant personality and fun-loving nature. He is remembered particularly for his involvement in school football teams.' Chairman of Chris's GAA club at Rathmore, Eoin McCarthy, also paid tribute: 'For those of us who knew Chris knew him to be fighter and he battled bravely but sadly succumbed to his injuries. 'His sudden death has left our club and the community in shock. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this terrible time.' reporter@dailymail.ie


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