A post mortem is to be carried out later on the body of a 27-year-old man which was recovered from the River Bandon in west Cork last night.
A man and a woman in their 30s have been arrested in connection with the death and are being held at Bandon Garda Station under section four of the Criminal Justice Act.
Superintendent Eddie McKeown said an incident room has been set up at Bandon Garda Station.
Speaking outside the station this morning (see video below), Supt. MacEoin said gardaí had received an emergency call just after 11pm last night when a passer-by reported seeing a man being thrown into the water.
Gardaí recovered a body from the river just under the bridge in the town on the Dunmanway side. The man, who had sustained serious injuries, was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is believed there had been a party in the adjacent Bridge House apartment complex earlier where a row broke out and the man was assaulted before being thrown into the water.
Two people were subsequently arrested at the apartments.
The deceased, who has not yet been named, is from Bandon town. He is believed to have a young child.
"It's gathering momentum now," Supt. MacEoin said of the investigation. "The State Pathologist will be carrying out a post mortem."
Supt MacEoin added that gardaí were awaiting the outcome of the post mortem, to be held at Cork University Hospital, before determining whether to upgrade the investigation to a murder probe.
"We're not sure whether the injuries were received as he was thrown in… or what the circumstances were," he said.
The mayor of Bandon, Cllr Seán O’Donovan, said the town was shocked at the news this morning.
“It’s an awful tragedy and our prayers are with his family," Cllr O'Donovan said.
Gardaí have appealed for anyone who may have been in the Bandon bridge area between 10.30pm and 11.15pm to contact them on 023-8852200, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or via any garda station.