Two children from Derry’s Kerala community are feared dead after getting into trouble in Lough Enagh.
A major rescue operation was launched last night when a passing motorist sounded the alarm and attempted to throw flotation devices into the water in the Strathfoyle area.
Two children were taken by ambulance to Altnagelvin Hospital shortly after the 911 call was received at 6.28pm.
However, this newspaper understands that one of them was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The frantic rescue mission involving Foyle Search and Rescue lasted late into the night as at least one other young person went missing.
Last night police divers entered the lake as part of a body recovery mission after rescue teams unsuccessfully searched the water surface.
DUP MLA for Foyle Gary Middleton tweeted: “Ongoing serious incident at Enagh Lough, Temple Road. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved at this time.”
Speaking from the scene, Mark H. Durkan MLA said he spoke to distraught relatives of the boys, who are believed to be in their mid-teens.
“It’s just messy,” he said. “It’s absolutely awful.”
“The whole situation is just amazing – these young guys have just been enjoying the last few days of summer before they go back to school next week.
“They were just out for an adventure and this happened.”
The city has a well-established Kerala community, mainly located in the Waterside area, about three miles from where the incident took place. Kerala is a large state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast.
East Derry MP Gregory Campbell described the site where the tragedy occurred as a quiet place.
“It seems to me that it was a beautiful day and obviously a group of people decided to go into the water and it ended in tragedy,” he said.
Renowned for its fishing, Lough Enagh consists of two lakes between Judges Road and Temple Road in Maydown, near the City of Derry Rugby Club.
Green Island, also known as Templetown Island, is said to be accessible by wading.
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