TRIB­UTES FOR KIL­GAR­VAN KAYAK­ING AC­CI­DENT VIC­TIM BRITA

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - BY SINEAD KELLE­HER

TRIB­UTES have been pour­ing in for the Dublin kayaker who lost her life in a tragic ac­ci­dent just out­side Kil­gar­van on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

At around 12pm on Sun­day gar­daí, am­bu­lance, Ken­mare Fire Ser­vice, Kil­lar­ney Water Res­cue, Kerry Mountain Res­cue and the coast­guard were all called to the aid of a group of five kayak­ers who got into trou­ble at a pop­u­lar kayak­ing spot on the Roughty River just out­side Kil­gar­van.

The group had en­tered the water at Loo­bridge just out­side Kil­gar­van and were mak­ing their way down the river when they got into dif­fi­culty.

The Ker­ry­man un­der­stands that the woman be­came trapped un­der a tree trunk in the water.

De­spite ef­forts to res­cue her she trag­i­cally lost her life and was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

The 35-year old woman has been named as Brita Waters, who was orig­i­nally from Dublin and who was a mem­ber of the Lir Ca­noe Club.

Trib­utes have been pour­ing in for Ms Waters.

She was ac­com­pa­nied on the trip by her part­ner and friends; they were too dev­as­tated to speak at the scene of the in­ci­dent on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The woman’s body was re­moved from the scene around 2pm on Sun­day af­ter­noon and taken to Univer­sity Hop­si­tal Kerry, where a post-mortem was car­ried out. The Marine In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit will also carry out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cir­cum­stances of the ac­ci­dent.

Ken­mare Gar­daí re­mained at the scene along with some mem­bers of the group fol­low­ing the re­moval of her body from the scene on Sun­day.

They were left with the task of tak­ing the kayaks out of the water. Lo­cals also came to the scene to of­fer their sup­port to the search and res­cue crews.

The River Roughty is a pop­u­lar kayak­ing wa­ter­way with kayak­ers reg­u­larly com­ing to the river which runs through Kil­gar­van.

Kil­gar­van TD Michael Healy Rae, said that the whole com­mu­nity was shocked to learn of the ac­ci­dent.

“It is sad day for ev­ery­one. We in Kil­gar­van are al­ways so wel­com­ing to the kayak­ers that come to use the River Roughty,” he said. “They are safety con­scious and com­pe­tent, and this was an ac­ci­dent that could not be avoided. We are all heart­bro­ken for the fam­ily.” He also praised the emer­gency ser­vices and lo­cals who as­sisted.

Photo by Sinead Kelle­her

Emer­gency ser­vices ar­riv­ing close to the scene of Sun­day’s tragic drow­ing in Kil­gar­van.

The Late Brita Waters

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