Teenager dies after fall at Powerscourt waterfall

The incident at Powerscourt is being treated as a tragic accident. File photo

Gardaí are investigating the death of a teenage boy in the Powerscourt estate in Co Wicklow.

The boy is believed to have died after falling at the popular Powerscourt waterfall. Gardaí attended the scene and say the incident occurred at 2.30pm on Wednesday.

The boy's body has been removed to the mortuary at St Columcille’s Hospital in Loughlinstown, where a post-mortem exam will be carried out.

At this stage, gardaí are treating the fall as a tragic accident.

The incident was also attended to by the fire services, ambulance personnel, and the Irish Coast Guard. A second individual was rescued near the top of the waterfall by Coast Guard’s Rescue 116 helicopter.

Powerscourt waterfall is 6km from the main estate and is 121 metres high. The area is popular with climbers, although there are numerous signs at the amenity warning people not to climb the rocks above a certain level.

The area is also popular with picnickers and families, many of whom hold barbeques there.

Minister for Higher Education and local TD Simon Harris paid tribute to the Coast Guard for its efforts in saving the second individual.

“Such sad news emerging in County Wicklow from our beautiful Powerscourt this evening,” he said on Twitter. “Thoughts of all our community are with the family and friends of the teenager. Thank you to the @IrishCoastGuard for all their efforts.”

Local Sinn Féin TD John Brady tweeted: “Terrible news this afternoon from Powerscourt waterfall. RIP.”