A five year old young boy and a sixteen year old teenager have drowned in separate incidents in counties Cavan and Dublin.
A 16-year-old boy died after he got into difficulty while swimming in a lake in Co Cavan this afternoon. The incident is understood to have happened in Killykeen Forest Park near Cavan town shortly after 3pm this afternoon.
The teenager was taken from the lakside and transferred to Cavan General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination is to be carried out.
In a separate incident a five-year-old boy drowned after swimming in a pond in the Belgree Lawns area in Tyrrelstown, Dublin.
It is believed that the young boy had been missing since 9.30am this morning and was found an hour later.
Resuscitation attempts were carried out but paramedics were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at Temple Street Children’s Hospital at around 11am.
The artificial pond was opened by Fingal County Council last year.
There is a ban on swimming at the pond and there are warning signs and lifebuoys.
Gardaí are not treating the child’s death as suspicious and have described it as a tragedy.
Fingal County Council said its thoughts are with the family.