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Tributes pour in as gardaí interview witnesses who were in a second car at Galway pier tragedy




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The investigation continues into the deaths of three teenagers whose car ended up in the water at Menlo pier in Galway just before 3am yesterday.

Gardaí announced they are questioning witnesses who were in a second car at the pier and alerted emergency services when the accident occurred, reports RTE.

John Keenan, 16, Wojcieck Panek, 17, and Christy Stokes, 19, died after their car entered the River Corrib in County Galway early yesterday morning.

Gardaí received reports of a car in the water at the Menlo dock at around 2.40am.

The three teenagers were pulled from the water and taken to Galway University Hospital, where they later died.

Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche, who is leading the investigation, said the team risked their lives to try to save the teenagers, but sadly all three died.

Boxing clubs across Connacht paid tribute to the teenagers.

John Keenan and Christy Stokes were due to compete in the Connacht Championship at Castlerea, County Roscommon this weekend.

John Mongan, another senior trainer at Olympic Boxing Club, said: “The buzz is gone. We’re here because we’ve made the finals and worked and trained so hard. But the loss of John and Christy is heartbreaking. John is a lovely lad and had won a county championship in Conamara two weeks ago. Christy had returned to the sport he loved in recent times and we were delighted to see him back,” reports RTE.

County Galway Boxing Secretary Sean Clancy said: “The Olympic boxing club and management have been incredible this weekend. To be able to prepare their boxers and get them ready for championships and get them into the ring and kind of do it in a respectful way is a credit to to everyone involved in the club,” reports RTE.

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