Two men missing after vehicle enters water in Co Mayo

Members of the Gardai and order of Malta recover a body after an suv entered the a river in the Carrowniskey area of Louisburgh Co. Mayo

Two men have died after their SUV was swept into a river in the early hours of Christmas Day.

A 19-year-old survivor, who was also in the vehicle when it entered the Carrowniskey River in County Mayo, Ireland, managed to escape and reach dry land before raising the alarm at about 3am.

The second body was recovered a short time later.

The other two occupants are aged 26 and 27.

A rescue operation is under way in Louisburgh, County Mayo following an incident where a vehicle went into a river in the early hours of 25 December.

All three were on their way home when the accident occurred in a remote area.

Rescue Services at Carrowniskey Louisburgh Co. Mayo where a search was under way for two men missing after their vehicle entered the water
Two men missing after vehicle enters water in Co Mayo

Their bodies have been taken to University Hospital Castlebar and a post mortum is due to take place tomorrow.

The third man who was in the vehicle is said to be shocked and shaken by the ordeal and the loss of his friends but otherwise unharmed.

The search team on the scene in Louisburgh, Co Mayo.

Despite the darkness of the night and the inclemency of the weather locals turned out in large numbers to assist gardai, fire service personnel and the Irish Coasguard in the major rescue operation.

Christy Hyland, a Westport based member of Mayo County Council, said: "The whole community is numbed with shock".



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