Divers recover body of Clare teenager (16)

 

The body of a schoolgirl drowned in a double tragedy in Co Clare last week was recovered yesterday by divers.

The body was identified as that of 16-year-old Lyndsey Kiely, of Cosgrave Park, Moyross.

She is the daughter of Anne and John Kiely and sister of Wayne (11).

The body was recovered at about 4.30 p.m. after a week-long search 600 yards above the Thomond Weir.

It was a mile from the scene of the tragedy which occurred above Parteen Bridge, where the ESB generating station tailrace runs downstream into the Shannon at Limerick.

The body was found by divers from the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Unit and was removed by ambulance to the Mid Western Regional Hospital for positive identification and a postmortem examination.

The girl was drowned on Thursday, June 7th, along with 16-year-old Victor O'Connor of Ballygrennan Close, Moyross, whose body was found last Friday morning. His funeral took place last Monday.

The girl was cleaning her muddy runners at the time and slipped into the fast-flowing tailrace as the ESB turbines were switched on.

Victor, a strong swimmer, dived in to try and rescue her, but both were swept away.

Insp John Courtney, of Henry Street Garda station, Limerick, who co-ordinated the search, thanked the emergency services, the search-and-rescue unit, the volunteers and the Coast Guard and extended sympathy to both families.