Boy (9) could have drowned on Stric­k­een

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By STEPHEN FERNANE

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.

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