PSNI NAME LATEST RIVER DROWNING VICTIM

James Kincaid died after he drowned in the River Strule in Co Tyrone

James Kincaid died after he drowned in the River Strule in Co Tyrone

POLICE have released the name of a man who drowned in the River Strule, Co Tyrone.

James Kincaid was one of two men who got into difficulties in the river near Douglas Road at 5.20 pm on Saturday.

Officers were called to the scene in the Douglas Road area of Newtownstewart at 5.20pm on Saturday following a report that two men were in difficulty.

One man was rescued from the river and treated by paramedics for non-life threatening injuries.

However, following a search of the river, the body of Mr Kincaid was retrieved.

Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the death.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police would wish to take this opportunity in the warm weather to remind the public of the dangers of being tempted to go swimming in rivers or other non designated areas.”

He was the second person to drown in a Northern Ireland River in two days.

On Thursday, 15-year-old Steven Mitchell drowned after getting into trouble in another river.

The emergency services were called to the Roe Valley Country Park in Limavady around 4.30 pm on Thursday.

It is understood the schoolboy went into the water to retrieve a ball, but got into difficulties.

Emergency services arrived and a PSNI helicopter airlifted him to Altnagelvin Hospital from an adjacent field.

However, it is believed he may have been in the water for some time and did not survive.

Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man has died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Co Donegal.

He was in the water near Ardara on Saturday afternoon when he got into trouble.

A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said that the emergency services were alerted just before 2pm.

The young man was airlifted to Letterkenny General Hospital, and was pronounced dead a short time later.

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