Sunday, July 17, 2022

A man who died while swimming at a lake in the midlands over the weekend has been named locally as Michael Timmins.

The victim, aged in his 60s, got into difficulty while swimming at the man-made Derryounce Lake in Portarlington, Co Laois, on Saturday afternoon.

According to The Irish Times, Mr Timmins was single and from a well-known family in Portlaoise, Co Laois, where he lived.

Monsignor John Byrne, of St Peter and St Paul’s parish in Portlaoise, said the town was in shock at the “very tragic accident”.

“Michael’s family are an old established Portlaoise family, they are well known,” he said.

“There is a lot of shock, really. The little bit of fine weather we get, and a man just going for a swim… it is just tragic.”

Gardaí and emergency services were alerted to the incident at about 3.30pm on Saturday. The victim was taken from the water and removed from the scene by ambulance to Portlaoise General Hospital.

He was pronounced dead a short time later. Gardaí said they are treating the matter as a tragic accident at this time and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

The incident on Saturday is the third swimming-related death in Ireland over the past week.

A 14-year-old boy died while swimming at Burrow Beach in Sutton, Co Dublin, on Monday. On Tuesday, a man aged in his 40s died after getting into difficulties while swimming at Fanore Beach, Co Clare.

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