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Boyfriend mourns athlete Edel in beach buggy tragedy

THE boyfriend of a Special Olympics athlete killed in a beach buggy accident has said the dead woman was "more than my world".

Edel Doyle (25), a soccer bronze medallist, died after the buggy she was in flipped over.

Her boyfriend, Sean Golden, tried desperately to save the Shanghai Special Olympics performer but there was nothing he could do.

Edel, who was living in the seaside village of Killala, Co Mayo, had been a pillion passenger when the accident happened on Lacken Strand at around 2.30pm on Sunday.

The other person in the buggy was the couple's best friend.

Both Ms Doyle and her companion were flung from the vehicle.

They were rushed by ambulance to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar, where Ms Doyle died at around 8pm.

The driver of the buggy was said to be in a "serious but stable condition".

A grief-stricken Mr Golden said Ms Doyle was "more than my world", adding "no words can describe" how he is feeling right now.



Accident

The buggy was turning when it went out of control and flipped over.

Mr Golden alerted the emergency services to the accident moments after it happened.

Ms Doyle, a hairdresser, was treated at the scene and was described by friends as bright, bubbly and "full of life".

Her Special Olympics team coach, Gerry Murray, said she had achieved so much in her life.

He had known her since she was 18, when she began training at the sports centre in Ballina.

The talented footballer scored the two goals against South Africa in the 2007 games in Shanghai, which won Ireland the bronze medal.

Mayo county councillor Jarlath Munnelly said Lacken Strand, which is famous for its annual horse races, was regarded as a very safe beach.

The beach buggy involved has now been taken to Ballina Garda Station for a PSV investigation.

A post-mortem examination on Ms Doyle's body was conducted at Mayo General Hospital yesterday.

comurphy@herald.ie