Post mortem examinations are to take place on the bodies of a brother and sister who died in a swimming tragedy in Kerry yesterday evening. The man is understood to have been holidaying in the area from the Lecarrow area of county Roscommon, while his sister had an address in Malmo, Sweden.

The man who drowned is said to be in his fifties and has been named locally as Dessie Byrne. He sister was aged in her early sixties.

Mr Byrne’s teenage son is understood to have been on the beach in Ballybunion at the time of the tragedy and witnessed what happened.

The bodies of the siblings were recovered from the water following a major air-sea rescue operation off Men’s Strand in Ballybunion as gardaí and members of the emergency services tried to comfort the grief-stricken boy and trace relatives to care for him.

Lifeguards on duty on the beach spotted a man in difficulty in the water at about 6pm yesterday evening.

Mr Byrne, who is originally from Athlone, lived in the village of Lecarrow with his wife and their other children.

Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae says the community in Kerry is reeling from the yesterday evening’s tragedy:

 

 

 

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