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Sunday, 28th June 2020

Man’s body recovered from Boyne at Curley Hole

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One of the rescue crews searching the River Boyne at the Curey Hole yesterday.

The beautiful but notoriously dangerous stretch of The River Boyne known as the Curley Hole, which is across the road from the popular Townley Hall Woods, has claimed another life.

The alarm was raised shortly before 4.30 yesterday afternoon that a man, thought to be in his 30’s, was reported to be in difficulty in the river.

Emergency services including Drogheda Gardaí, National Ambulance Service, Garda Armed Support Unit, Drogheda Coast Guard unit, the Boyne Fishermen's Rescue and Recovery Service and the Rescue 116 helicopter were on the scene very shortly afterward.

It quickly became clear however that this was a recovery rather than a rescue operation and divers soon located the body of a man, whose name has not yet been released, and transferred him to one of the ambulances standing by and removed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

Distraught members of the man’s family were at the scene and witnessed him being taken from the water. To them we express our deepest condolences and to the various rescue services we extend our thanks once again for the vital services you carry out for the local community always in a professional and efficient manner.

The Curley Hole, which is very popular with anglers, is a deceptively calm and beautiful stretch of the Boyne but the water is very deep and the swirling currents on the bend in the river are very strong, it has been the scene of several tragedies over the years.

The scene at the Curley Hole yesterday as emergency services mount a recovery operation on the river Boyne.  

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