Drowning victims may have been in water for 24 hours

The three people who drowned in a tributary of the River Blackwater in Co Cork last weekend may reportedly have been dead for 24 hours before they were discovered.

The three people who drowned in a tributary of the River Blackwater in Co Cork last weekend may reportedly have been dead for 24 hours before they were discovered.

The bodies of Ita Noonan, her 24-year-son David and 20-year-old daughter Emma were all recovered from the Awbeg River near Castletownroche on Monday evening.

Reports this morning say gardaí believe they may have drowned 24 hours earlier as their towels had apparently been spotted on the riverbank on Sunday.

The reports say one of the family is believed to have got into difficulty while swimming in the river, with the other two jumping in to attempt a rescue.

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