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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Local teenager dies following tragic waterfall accident in Co Wicklow

A local teenage boy from the Ballymoney area has sadly died following a fall at Powerscourt Waterfall in Co Wicklow, while on a break away with family.

The incident at the Powerscourt Estates and Gardens on Wednesday, happened at approximately 2.30pm.

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It’s believed the young teenager attempted to clime the 121m waterfall popular with tourists, when he fell.

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Confirming the death of the teenager, a Garda spokesperson said: “A male teenage youth was pronounced dead at the scene.

“His body has been removed to the mortuary at St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, where a post-mortem will be carried out.”

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Attending the incident were local fire and ambulance services, alongside mountain and rescue teams.

The coastguard also attended along with their Rescue 116 helicopter after being called in by the fire service, and were involved in the rescue of a second individual from close to the top of the waterfall.

“A helicopter was requested in relation to a suspected faller. Rescue 116 was tasked and attended the scene. A second casualty was airlifted to safety. He did not require medical assistance.” Said a spokesperson for the Coastguard.

As is normal procedure the Garda will begin an investigation But at this time they are treating the death as a “tragic accident”.

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