Body found in search of River Barrow, Athy, for missing kayaker Declan Reid

Tragic incident occurred last Sunday

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Body found in search of River Barrow for missing Athy kayaker Declan Reid

Declan Reid

A body has been recovered in the search for a kayaker who had been missing since an incident in the River Barrow, Athy, a week ago.

Declan Reid, 34, had not been seen since his kayak overturned near Ardreigh Lock on Sunday afternoon, February 28. His eight-year-old son was rescued from the water by a passer-by. Mr Reid managed to keep his son afloat until he could be taken to the riverbank.

A search and rescue operation involving gardaí, divers, the Civil Defence and local volunteers has been mounted in Athy over the past week.

A body was recovered from the Barrow at 4pm this afternoon. A post-mortem will take place at Naas Hospital.