Family ‘too traumatised’ for evidence in drowning

The family of a boy who drowned during last summer’s heatwave are still too traumatised to give direct evidence at an inquest, a coroner was told yesterday.

Cork city coroner Dr Myra Cullinane agreed to adjourn the inquest into the death of Kyle Roche, 11, from Bellevue Terrace in Youghal, Co Cork, until next March.

Kyle became the third drowning victim in just two days during last July’s heatwave. He was playing in a rock-enclosed enclave between Moll Goggin’s Corner and the promenade at Youghal Strand when he got into difficulties just before 5pm on July 11.

Witnesses said that he was swept out towards the mouth of Youghal Bay.

A massive search and rescue operation was mounted and a local man, Eugene Sheils, dived into the sea and managed to find the youngster, who had slipped beneath the surface.

Paramedics battled to revive him for 30 minutes on the pier. Then Kyle was airlifted to Cork Airport and transferred by ambulance to Cork University Hospital but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Assistant state pathologist Dr Margot Bolster said a postmortem revealed that Kyle had died of cardio-respiratory failure due to drowning.

Inspector Fergus Twomey told Dr Cullinane that family members who witnessed the tragedy, and several other key witnesses who could help with her inquiry, are still too traumatised to give direct evidence and he applied for an adjournment.


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