The teenager who lost his life following a fall from a popular waterfall in Co Wicklow, has been named locally as Ballymoney teen Lewis Fleming.
Whilst on a family break at the Powerscourt Estate waterfall in Co Wicklow, Lewis had attempted to clime the 121m waterfall when he fell.
Dispite all attempts by emergency services, the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.
Speaking following the news this morning, Cllr Ivor Wallace said:
“Absolutely devestating news. We have had our fair share of tragedies on the North Coast this summer.
“Whilst not pre empting what has happened I would urge everyone to take every precaution possible whilst around water. My thoughts and prayers are with the Fleming family and friends.”
North Antrim MLA, Mervyn Storey, also offered his thoughts and prayers to the local family saying:
“As the news emerged this morning of the tragic accident in Co Wicklow, it was with a sense of great sadness to learn of another family who have been bereaved in this way. No one can begin to imagine the sorrow the family are going through.
“Our thoughts and Prayers are with them as they face the coming day’s.”
Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has offered his condolences to the family of Lewis Fleming.
The North Antrim MLA said:
“I am greatly saddened to hear of the news that a young local men has tragically lost his life at such a young age, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to his family and friends following this tragic incident.”
“The local community are also in shock by this tragic loss of life.
“As always at times of such heart-breaking tragedy the local community will rally round in love and solidarity in an effort to provide some comfort to the Fleming family in what will be difficult days ahead.”