Safety checks call after Celbridge teen is drowned

Abayomi Adefobi (16)
A call has been made for extra safety assessments at popular swimming spots in Kildare following the tragic drowning of a teenager in the River Liffey last week.

A call has been made for extra safety assessments at popular swimming spots in Kildare following the tragic drowning of a teenager in the River Liffey last week.

Abayomi Adefabi, from Ballymakealy in Celbridge, was with a group of 40 people on a sunny Wednesday afternoon, July 10, when the accident happened.

An ambulance arrived within twenty minutes of being called, but the 16 year old was later prononounced dead. Gardai are investigating the incident.

This week, Cllr. Kevin Byrne, who knows the family of the popular and friendly Abbey, as he was known to friends, called for extra safety assessments to be made, particularly at popular swimming areas in rivers and lakes.

Roger Sweeney of the Irish Water Safety organisation said this was a good idea.

The IWS carries out assessments at the request of local authorities to see if areas are as safe as they can be made, and to advise on equipment to be used.

Each authority has a Water Safety Development Officer and the Leader understands that Council officials have been examining the areas.

The area where last week’s tragedy occurred can be accessed via Castletown House grounds or from the Salmon Leap Canoe Club bridge, around a hundred metres away.

After Abbey was laid to rest at Newcastle on Friday, friends called for a soccer tournament in which he was involved to go ahead. The teenager’s team, ABCDE FC, won their semi-final on Saturday. The final will take place at Ballyoulster Utd’s ground on July 27.

OPW spokesperson, Collette Davis said the management and staff of the Office of Public Works were deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of Abayomi Adefabi at Castletown Estate, and it was co-operating fully with authorities on the matter.

“Our thoughts remain with the Adefabi family during this difficult time,” she said.

- Henry Bauress