Boy, 14, found dead in river

The body of a teenage boy was pulled from a river in Co Donegal tonight.

The body of a teenage boy was pulled from a river in Co Donegal tonight.

A search and rescue operation began shortly before 6pm after a 14-year-old was reported to have fallen in while fishing at St Johnson on the River Foyle.

Malin Head Coast Guard dispatched a Sligo-based helicopter along with boats from Greencastle station, assisted by the Foyle Search and Rescue from Derry.

A body was recovered just after 9pm, gardaí said.

A spokeswoman said the boy was from the area.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Gerry Crawford said the community was shocked by what had happened.

“It is a very close knit community, and everybody knows everybody and this is just a terrible tragedy. It has shocked people into total disbelief.”

He added the boy was from St Johnson and when the news emerged that he had gone missing a major search operation got underway involving not only the authorities but also locals.

“Word started to emerge about this around teatime and people started to gather.

“The Coast Guard and the Foyle Search and Rescue got involved, along with local boats and fishermen who know the river,” he said.

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