Two 16-year-old Kerala-origin boys living in the UK, have “tragically drowned” in a lake in Northern Ireland, local media reported.
The deceased teenagers identified as Reuven Simon and Joseph Sebastian, were among a group of six friends who had cycled to Enagh Lough outside Derry, for a swim on Monday evening, Ireland’s public service broadcaster RTE reported.
It is believed the incident occurred after some of them went swimming, the media outlet said.
According to a statement by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, after complaints by a number of people of difficulty in the water an alarm was raised at around 6:30 am, triggering a rescue and recovery effort.
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) also said that a rapid-response paramedic, five emergency crews, a hazardous area response team and an ambulance officer were dispatched to the scene.
NIAS also tasked the air ambulance to attend to the incident, according to RTE. One boy was taken from the water to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Police said a second boy was also recovered from the water “after extensive searches by Foyle Search and Rescue and police divers. “He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene”, the media outlet said.