Two young men named after drowning in Co Mayo river

Two Bodies Recovered From Mayo River Following Jeep Crash

Two men have died following a crash on Christmas Day morning in Mayo.

They have been named locally as 26-year-old Declan Davitt and 27-year-old Martin Needham.

A third occupant, aged 19, was able to escape the vehicle and raise the alarm.

An investigation is underway after two men lost their lives when their auto was swept away in County Mayo on Christmas Day.

Local people in silent vigil on the nearby laneway watched from a distance throughout the morning and early afternoon as the efforts to locate the bodies continued.

Initial reports suggested the vehicle became submerged as it crossed the river near Louisburgh at around 2.30am on Monday.

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The bodies of the victims, both of whom are from the Louisburgh area, were removed to University Hospital Castlebar when post mortem examinations will be carried out later today. Public notices said they would be deeply mourned by their "heartbroken" families.

Councillor Christy Hyland, a Westport-based member of Mayo County Council, said: "The whole community is numbed with shock".

He said: Our thoughts go out to their loved ones, their families and friends.

'This is a bad tragedy to happen at any time, but especially on Christmas morning'.

Gardai are continuing to investigate the cause of the incident.

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