Cork man drowns in Lake Garda

A YOUNG Irish tourist has become the second Irish person to drown in Lake Garda in Italy in just over a week.

John Duane, 21, from Ballinphellic, Co Cork, is believed to have drowned when he got into difficulty after he and a group of friends went swimming in the lake in the early hours of yesterday morning following a night out.

Mr Duane is understood to have been attending a wedding in the popular northern Italian resort on Wednesday night.

It is thought that along with a male friend and a female, believed to have been his girlfriend, Mr Duane decided to go swimming in the lake at about 5.30am on Thursday morning.

The trio were understood to have been swimming out to a wooden platform located about 46 metres (150ft) from the water’s edge.

While the female companion managed to make it to the stage, Mr Duane is believed to have got into serious difficulty about 18m (60ft) from the water’s edge. Following the raising of the alarm, Italian police and divers rushed to the scene.

Approximately two hours later, the young man’s body was recovered from the water.

Italian police believe that a combination of food, drink and the fact that the water was so cold at that time of the morning contributed to Mr Duane’s death.

The Corkman is the second Irish tourist to have drowned in Lake Garda in just over a week.

Cornelius Kennerk, 74, from Dublin’s north inner city, was discovered by passersby in the early hours of August 25 last week.

Mr Kennerk and his wife, Mary, had been staying with a party of fellow Irish holidaymakers at a hotel at Torbole on the shores of Lake Garda.

His body was found fully clothed and he was declared dead at the scene.


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