Heartbreak as boy (10) dies in hot tub accident
A small community in the north-east of the country is in mourning after a 10-year-old boy drowned yesterday.
The young child, who was named locally as Josh Hill, passed away after getting into difficulty in a hot tub at a property in Co Louth.
Gardai, the local fire brigade and the ambulance service all responded to the emergency.
The sudden death is being treated as a tragic accident and a file will be prepared for the local coroner.
The alarm was raised at around 7am yesterday by the boy's relatives at the property in Carlingford, Co Louth.
Paramedics rushed to the scene after being notified.
Josh was then brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.
Tragically, despite the best efforts of medical staff, he was pronounced dead a short time later.
A post mortem was due to take place last night at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital to determine the exact cause of his tragic death.
Locals have expressed their shock and sadness at the news and have shared their condolences with the family of Josh.
Fianna Fail councillor Sean Kelly, who represents the Dundalk/Carlingford electoral area, said the tragedy was "the worst nightmare" for every family.
"Just absolutely devastating news and every family's worst nightmare. Thoughts and prayers of the whole community and the peninsula go out to the family concerned," Mr Kelly told the Herald.
Expressing her condolences to the family, who are understood to have moved to the village several years ago, Councillor Erin McGreehan said: "We have a very strong community in Carlingford and the area, and we will rally around them.
"This loss is incomprehensible and is so very sad and tragic. This started off as a beautiful day in a beautiful place; it could be any of us. Our hearts are breaking for them."
Another local man described the death of Josh as "absolutely tragic" and said the community was in shock. "It is just shocking to think this has happened.
"My thoughts are with Josh's family, including his parents, Peter and Olivia, and their loved ones and relatives."
Josh was the third child to die in tragic circumstances in the county this summer.
Yesterday, the funeral took place of Chantelle Keenan (7) who died after a car apparently rolled backwards in the driveway of a house in Drogheda.
Last month Jill Amante (14), a second year student at Ballymakenny College, Drogheda, drowned in the sea at Seapoint, near Termonfeckin.