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Two teenage boys die in Derry lake drownings

Two 16-year-olds drowned in Enagh Lough, Co. Derry.

Reuven Simon and Joseph Sebastian, both 16, have been identified.

Six teens went to Strathfoyle Lake yesterday afternoon.

Some of them went swimming before the incident.

Police were called at 6.25 pm yesterday to reports of people in the water.

NIAS sent out a rapid-response paramedic, five emergency crews, a hazardous area response team, and an ambulance officer.

Two teenage boys die in Derry lake drownings

NIAS dispatched the air ambulance.

The PSNI said a boy was pulled from the water and pronounced dead in hospital.

A second boy was also rescued. Foyle SAR and police divers searched thoroughly. He died on the scene of “less

Another teen had non-life-threatening injuries.

Three other teens were not injured but were badly shaken.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin offered condolences.

The boys’ family has lived in the area for at least 20 years, according to local priest Fr. Michael Canney.

He called it “a sad day” for the area and the Syro-Malabar community.

Fr Canney said eight boys cycled from Waterside to Strathfoyle in “fine weather.”

“They decided to swim in the lough, which locals do often,” he said.

The boys received their GCSE results last week from local primary and grammar schools.

Fr. Canney predicts “tremendous shock and grief,” but the community will support the families.

Rachael Ferguson was at the scene last night.

“The other boys flagged down a car and local residents to help,” she said.

She praised the emergency services, saying she was there at 11.30 pm last night and they were still working.

“It’s so sad to hear about two 16-year-old boys who were cycling with friends and visited the Lough and tragically died,” she said.

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