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Teenager dies after swim incident

A 14-year-old boy has died in Temple Street Hospital after getting into difficulty while swimming in the River Shannon in Athlone on Wednesday afternoon.

It is understood he was swimming close to the Athlone Sub Aqua clubhouse beside the railway bridge over the river.

The teenager was taken from the water after a 15 minute search by members of the sub aqua club with the assistance of the RNLI’s Coosan Point unit.

He was initially brought to Portiuncula Hospital and then transferred to Temple Street Wednesday night.

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