A 30-year-old mother from Donegal has drowned after falling from a boat into Lough Erne.
The tragedy occurred while the woman was on holiday with her husband and two young children in the early hours of this morning (Thursday). It is reported that the husband jumped in to the water and tried to save her before emergency services arrived.
The woman, aged 30, went overboard into the water near Devenish Island near Enniskillen, Fermanagh, at approx 1am on Thursday morning. Her body was recovered shortly before 2am and she was pronounced dead in hospital an hour later.
Her husband made the 999 call to police at 1.20am to say that she had fallen into the water.
The two children were asleep on board the rental boat, which was said to be moored at the time.
PSNI have said that a post mortem is expected to be carried out and an investigation is underway. A spokesperson said that emergency workers performed CPR on the woman for an hour after she was recovered from the water. Ambulance, fire service, police and coastguard workers all attended the scene last night.
PSNI Chief Inspector Clive Beatty said on BBC Good Morning Ulster that the family were on holiday for the Easter break.
“We’d like to extend our sympathies to the family at this very tragic time,” he said.
DUP Leader Arlene Foster has also expressed her condolences to the family this morning:
“Heartbreaking to hear the news that a woman died in Lough Erne this morning. Thoughts and prayers with all her family at this tragic time,” she wrote.