Adventure trip to Kerry ends in tragedy

University Hospital Kerry

A YOUNG student who was involved in a tragic kayaking accident in Kerry on Saturday afternoon has lost her battle for life.

21-year-old Aisling O’Connor was born in west Cork but later moved with her family to Ballyshannon, Co Donegal. She was enjoying an adventure trip with 20 other students from the University of Limerick when the accident occurred.

It is understood that Aisling and another kayaker got into difficulty on the river in Glencar, downstream from Caragh Lake.

The alarm was raised at around 2.30pm on Saturday when other students spotted their upturned kayaks in choppy waters following heavy rainfall.

The young woman, who was a third year biochemistry student in UL and one of a family of five children, was airlifted to University Hospital Kerry where she sadly passed away on Monday, surrounded by her family.

It is understood she saved the lives of others after a decision was taken to donate her organs after her death.

The other student involved, a 20-year-old male, is in a stable condition at University Hospital Kerry.

A spokesperson for UL said the college will work to support Aisling’s friends and fellow students as they try to come to terms with their loss.

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