Body of swimmer taken from quarry


The body of an 18-year-old man was recovered from a quarry outside Wexford town after a swimming outing with friends went wrong.

The remains of Alan Murphy, Larkins Cross, Barntown, just outside Wexford town, were taken from the bottom of the quarry at Forth Mountain at 7.30am yesterday by members of Wexford Sub Aqua Club, who resumed the search at first light.

The alarm was raised at 7.30pm on Sunday by local gardaí when a 14-year-old was found clinging to an island in the quarry. He was airlifted from the scene and rushed to Wexford General Hospital, while a friend was also removed to hospital. Both were detained for observation. Mr Murphy’s body was removed to Waterford Regional Hospital, where a postmortem will be carried out. He is survived by his mother Mary and older brother Darragh.

It is understood the group had been jumping into the water from rocks at the quarry. Wexford County Council had erected signs in weeks prior to the death warning people not to dive or swim there.