BOG HOLE WARNING
Boy (9) could have drowned on Strickeen
A KILLARNEY couple have warned of the dangers of bog holes after their nine-year-old son fell into one above Strickeen and became fully submerged. Thankfully his mother was within reach and pulled him to safety.
The Killarney family – who have asked not to be named – told The
Kerryman of the terrifying ordeal as the mother used her outstretched leg for the boy to grip onto before dragging him to safety. It happened while out walking a pathway on Strickeen Mountain that is frequently used by walkers to cross the bog in order to reach the summit.
“They got a terrible fright and he had completely disappeared beneath the water which must have been two metres deep. Luckily, he hit the bottom and kicked himself back up again. My wife got a terrible scare as she had to rescue him,” said the child’s father.
The boy was totally submerged for a few seconds and the family now wish to warn other walkers to beware of similar dangers.
“I went back up there on Tuesday to take some photos as I plan to go further about this. Currently there is only one flimsy plank of wood for people to cross. This isn’t safe enough. There should also be signs warning people of bog holes,” he added
The bog hole that almost cost a life on Strickeen.