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27/09/2021

Derry man aged in his fifties remains in hospital following boating tragedy in Malin Head which claimed the lives of a teenager from the city and a man from Donegal

A Derry man in his fifties remains in hospital following a boating tragedy in Malin Head yesterday which claimed the lives of a teenager from the city and a man from Donegal. They died after being rescued from the sea off Malin Head in Co Donegal yesterday. Three people were taken from the water after a small fishing boat capsized in the area. A 16-year-old boy who was airlifted to Altnagelvin Area Hospital in Derry died and a man in his 60s who was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital was also pronounced dead. The search was co-ordinated by Malin Head Coastguard and involved two RNLI lifeboats from Lough Swilly, the Coastguard helicopter and a number of local boats. Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has expressed her condolences following the tragedy. The Foyle MP said: “The city is shocked and saddened to learn that a 16-year-old boy from Derry has died along with a man in his 60s in this tragedy at Malin. “This is terrible news for any family to receive and my thoughts are with them at this difficult time. “It must also have been a traumatic experience for those holidaymakers who saw the boat get into difficulty and raised the alarm. “I want to commend the action of the lifeboat crews involved in the rescue effort and hope those injured can make a full recovery. “Our sympathies and condolences go to those bereaved by this tragedy and I’m sure the communities in both Derry and Donegal will support them in the time ahead.”

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