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Families' grief after two dead in swim tragedies

THE heartbroken parents of two drowning victims who died in separate accidents have spoken of their devastating loss.

Abayomi 'Abby' Adefabi (16) of Springfield Drive, Celbridge, Kildare died at a popular swimming spot on the Liffey.

He was the second person to drown within the space of 24 hours.

The body of 21-year-old Lisa Knight, from Caherhayes, Abbeyfeale, Limerick, was also pulled from the River Feale yesterday morning.

She had gotten into difficulty in an area known locally as Powerhouse in Limerick, where she had gone swimming with her boyfriend and another male friend on Tuesday night.

Kildare teen and promising footballer 'Abby' Adefabi lost his life on a day out to a popular swimming spot in Celbridge around 4pm.

His body was taken to Blanchardstown but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Today, his father Wale Adefabi was inconsolable.

"God gives. God takes. He was a very good son," he told the Herald.

Abby's uncle Olayinka Olojede (48) said his nephew was very popular and easygoing.

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The teenager was a star player with St Joseph's FC in Blackrock and was a pupil at the Salesian Secondary school in the area.

"He was such a good boy and he had great character," he told the Herald.

"I was at the hospital and we heard he might have been pushed into the water. There were a lot of young people there but he was a non-swimmer."

Meanwhile, the devastated mother of the 21-year-old woman who tragically drowned in Limerick said that she's still looking for answers about her daughter Lisa's last moments.

"We just don't know what happened and we're trying to find out but all we're getting is pieces of information," Mrs Knight told the Herald.

She said Lisa was her and her husband Liam's second child. She had an older brother Michael and a younger brother David. The family has been devastated by her death.

The man who pulled the body of the young woman from the River Feale early on Wednesday morning said she had been warned not to swim there hours before she lost her life.

It is understood she had been under water for up to 40 minutes before she was found.

The alarm was raised shortly before midnight Tuesday and volunteers from Abbeyfeale District Search and Rescue joined gardai and a unit of the fire brigade in the search.

She was later taken to the Midwestern Regional Hospital in Limerick where she was formally pronounced dead.

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