Two teenage boys die while swimming in Lough in Derry

Two teenage boys, both aged 16, have died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Lough Enagh in the Temple Road area of Derry.

Police received a report shortly after 6.25pm yesterday, Monday 29th August, of a number of people in difficulty in the water.

Officers attended along with colleagues from other emergency services.

One male was taken from the water and transferred to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

A second male was located and recovered from the water after extensive searches by Foyle Search and Rescue and police divers. He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

One other male was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.

Three other males were also at the scene, and while they have been left shocked, are not physically injured.

Inspector Brogan said, “Enquiries are ongoing into this incident, but we believe, at this stage, that this was a tragic drowning incident.

“Our thoughts are with the families of those affected.”

Strathfoyle Councillor Rachel Ferguson says the community is shocked and saddened by the tragic news..



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