“Well-Behaved, Nice People”: Honors for 16-year-old boys who drowned in the lake with friends during the day

Tributes were paid to two 16-year-old boys who died after getting into trouble in a lake in Derry.

The teenagers, identified locally as Reuven Simon and Joseph Sebastian, were swimming in Lough Enagh on Monday night when the tragedy struck.

The boys had been in a larger group stopping off for a bike ride in the lake area.

They were students at St. Columb’s College in town.

The bikes the boys had been riding stayed beside the lake cordoned off by police yesterday while some locals visited the small jetty to lay flowers in tribute.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin expressed his deepest condolences to the boys’ families.

“Our hearts are with their families. We can all imagine young people going out to enjoy a nice summer afternoon. And for it to end in such a tragedy, people utilize and use a water convenience, which is what we have all done at our different times,” he told reporters in Monaghan.

Principal Finbar Madden said there was “shock and sadness” at the school at the “heartbreaking loss of two of our incoming Year 13 students”.

“No words can express the devastation we feel as a school community, but first and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with the families, community and friends of both boys,” he said in a statement.

“This will be a very difficult time for all of St. Columb’s family and it will be important in the coming days for our students to be with people they know and trust.”

He said they would support the students.

The boys had been involved with Newbuildings Cricket Club. In a statement, the club described them as “two of the most well behaved and lovely human beings”.

“It was an absolute pleasure to have (her) in our U15 last season,” it said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends, survivors and the wider community in Kerala.”

Sandra Duffy, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, will open a book of condolences in memory of the boys at the Guildhall today.

SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan said the local community was shocked by the tragedy, particularly the Kerala community to which the teenagers belonged.

He said the city was heartbroken at the devastating loss of Reuven and Joseph, adding those thoughts and prayers
are with their families, friends and the Kerala community during “this incredibly dark and difficult time”.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said an ambulance team, five emergency response teams, a hazardous area response team and an ambulance officer were dispatched to the site of the drowning.

One of the boys was pulled from the water but was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The body of the second youth was recovered late Monday night after an extensive search by Foyle Search and Rescue and police divers.

Another man was taken to hospital for treatment for injuries believed to be non-life threatening, while three others have suffered shock, police said.

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