Limerick, Saturday – Coroner De Courcey recently held two inquests relating to drowning fatalities within the past few days. The first concerned the body of a 40-year-old man named John Long, which was found in the Shannon River on Tuesday. John had gone out for a walk the previous day and was never seen alive again. The second inquest was held for a young man, Charles James who drowned while bathing on Monday evening; his body was recovered today. In both cases, the verdicts returned were “accidentally drowned.”
The tragic loss of life in these two separate drowning incidents has saddened the Limerick community. While accidents such as these are unfortunately not uncommon, they serve as a somber reminder of the importance of water safety and vigilance when near rivers and other water bodies. As the community mourns the passing of John Long and the young Charles James, many hope that these tragedies will heighten awareness about the risks associated with water activities and encourage preventative measures to avoid similar incidents in the future.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Monday 30 June 1902