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'It's a real tragedy' - horror as body of boy (13) is pulled from reservoir

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The reservoir where the teenager died while swimming

The reservoir where the teenager died while swimming

The reservoir where the teenager died while swimming

Gardaí are treating the drowning of a young boy at a reservoir in south county Dublin as a tragic accident.

The body of a 13-year-old was taken from the Bohernabreena reservoir near Dodder Park by emergency services on Sunday evening.

The alarm was raised after the youngster entered the water but didn't resurface.

He was taken from the reservoir by a rescue team at around 5pm and rushed to Crumlin Children's Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

The scene has been examined by the Divisional Scenes of Crime Unit and the local Coroner's Office has been notified. Meanwhile, some local representatives said the news of the tragedy has come as a shock to the local community.

Local Sinn Féin TD Sean Crowe said he isn't familiar with the victim's family but expressed his condolences.

"Hearing of a tragic drowning involving a young teenager in the Dodder River at Boheranbreena earlier today. Comhbhrón and thinking of the family getting this awful news," he tweeted yesterday.

Local South Dublin County Councillor Alan Edge, who lives near the reservoir, said the tragedy has shocked the local community.

"Your heart goes out to the family, it's a real tragedy," he told the Herald. "There's a real sense of shock."

Dangerous

Mr Edge said he doesn't believe the boy is from the area as the reservoir draws visitors from across the Greater Dublin Area and beyond in good weather.

The reservoir is in the Glenasmole Valley of the Dublin Mountains and is a popular beauty and hiking spot.

However, the River Dodder - which flows through the reservoir - can be dangerous in places and there are 'no swimming signs' posted in the area, he said.

The tragedy was among a number of water-related incidents at the weekend in which eight people were rescued, including another boy who was found clinging to a buoy at in the middle of the Howth estuary.

The Howth RNLI launched its lifeboat on Friday after reports that two boys got into difficulty swimming at Cush Point in Baldoyle.

While they were rescued, it emerged that a third boy was missing and the crew found him clinging to a buoy where he had spent almost half an hour.

Confirming the news of the reservoir drowning to the Herald, a Garda spokesperson said it is being treated as an accident.

"Gardaí received reports of a male entering the water who had failed to resurface.

"The body of the 13-year-old was recovered from the water a short time later and removed to Crumlin Children's Hospital where he was pronounced dead," said a spokesperson.