Irish couple drown in Crete

The bodies of an Irish couple who drowned off the coast of Crete while on holiday are expected to be flown home in the coming days.

Kevin Devine, 46, was holidaying with his partner John Lynch, 45, and the bodies of both men were recovered from the sea off Mavros Molos beach on Kissamos Bay.

In a statement Kevin’s parents Mary and Owen said: “Kevin was the second eldest of our children and beloved by his brothers and sister. He loved travel, music and discovering bands.”

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Born and raised in Drogheda, Co Louth, Mr Devine studied linguistics and French at UCD and also studied marketing at Mountjoy Square.

His partner John was an accomplished international musician and played viola with the National Symphony Orchestra. He was born in Melbourne to parents from Donegal.

Funeral arrangements will be made once the bodies have been repatriated.

The drownings occurred off Mavros Molos beach, Kissamos, at about 5.40pm last Friday, when it is understood that one of the men got into difficulty while swimming and that the other went to his aid, only for both men to then drown amid strong currents.

Local media reported that other swimmers spotted the two men floating at sea and went to bring them ashore, It is understood both men had died by the time the local swimmers got to them. Their bodies were taken to the local health centre and to Chania General Hospital.

Meanwhile, gardaí have appealed for witnesses to a crash in Co Cork in which a 66-year-old woman died.

The pensioner who died in the three-vehicle crash in Schull, Co Cork, was named as Sheila Shanahan of Wilton in Cork.

The incident involving two cars and a mini bus occurred at 4pm on Saturday. Ms Shanahan was a driver of one of the cars.

A postmortem will take place today. It is understood the crash victim had a holiday home in the area.

The female driver of the mini bus was taken to Cork University Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was uninjured.

-Witnesses are asked to contact gardaí in Bantry on 027 20860.

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