US News Drowning Tragedy: Husband tried desperately to pull wife from water as young children slept in boat

14:15  13 april  2017
14:15  13 april  2017 Source:   Independent.ie

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Lough Erne © Provided by Irish Independent Lough Erne The husband of a Donegal woman who died in Lough Erne tried desperately to pull his wife from the water while their two young children slept in their holiday boat.

The incident happened near Devenish Island  near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh at approximately 1.20am on Thursday, police said.

Emergency services launched an extensive search and the body of the 30-year-old woman was found around 90 minutes later.

Police said the family of four, including two young children were in a boat which was moored on a jetty.

Officers told the Belfast Telegraph that the woman went overboard and her husband jumped into the water to try and save her.

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After efforts to locate her failed the frantic husband phoned 999.

The emergency services arrived to help and the woman was discovered shortly before 2am.

She was taken to hospital where she later died. Their two young children were asleep at the time of the tragedy.

The family are from Donegal and they had been holidaying in Lough Erne for Easter.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) say that an investigation is underway and a post-mortem is due to be carried out.

PSNI Inspector Gavin Sterling said: “A full search operation was implemented and sadly a body was recovered from the water shortly before 3am this morning.

"An investigation into the circumstances is now underway and a post mortem examination is expected to be carried out."

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MP for the area Tom Elliott said it was a tragedy, adding: "This is just deeply sad, again we have another family in bereavement and my thoughts and prayers go out to them and their community.

"Lough Erne is a dangerous place and I would call on people to be careful on the water."

The Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA, Arlene Foster said: "This is heartbreaking news for the area. I want to extend my sympathy, thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of this young woman. The death of a young life will come as an immense shock to this area and in particular the woman's family.

"Lough Erne and Devenish Island is often pictured as a scene of beauty but today it is the scene of such tragic circumstances. I wish to thank the emergency services and the RNLI who attended the scene. As we enter into the holiday period, I would urge everyone to exercise caution while on the water."

Fermanagh and Omagh DUP Cllr Keith Elliott, added: "This is a devastating incident for the family and all connected with Lough Erne. I want to praise the RNLI and the emergency services for their brave actions at the scene.

"The pain of this tragic death will be felt right around the county and my thoughts and prayers go out to the young woman's family at this time."

Last month the bodies of Frank Dunne (39), from Malahide, Co Dublin, and his wife Alexandra Malkin Dunne (34), originally from the UK, were recovered from the River Shannon near Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim.

The couple, who were married for a number of years lived in Munich, and were a few days into a holiday in the area when tragedy struck.

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