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Boy (15) killed in waterfall tragedy at Powerscourt

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Teenage tourist is believed to have been climbing waterfall

Teenage tourist is believed to have been climbing waterfall

Teenage tourist is believed to have been climbing waterfall

A teenage boy has died after an apparent climbing accident at the Powerscourt waterfall in Co Wicklow yesterday afternoon.

The boy, who is understood to have been a 15-year-old tourist visiting the area, was pronounced dead at the scene after he fell at around 2.30pm.

The teenager's body was taken to the mortuary at St Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown.

An official with the Irish Coast Guard said it received a request for assistance to retrieve another male who was stuck at the top of the waterfall.

The Dublin Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter was dispatched and the second male was airlifted to safety and did not need additional assistance, the official said.

It is understood the dead boy may have tried to climb part of the 121-metre high waterfall when he slipped and fell.

Terrible

Local Sinn Fein TD John Brady, from Bray, tweeted his condolences, writing: "Terrible news this afternoon from Powerscourt. RIP," he wrote.

Higher Education Minister TD Simon Harris paid tribute on Twitter last night.

"Thoughts of all our community are with the family and friends of the teenager. Thank you @IrishCoastGuard."