Go Fund Me appeal for young girl in boating club accident

The damaged boat being raised from the Shannon. Photo: Liam Burke

A YOUNG girl remains in a serious condition in hospital after she became trapped under a capsized boat near the Salmon Weir on the River Shannon on Saturday.

But her family told her teacher and classmates that she appears to be responding to a selection of her favourite music.

Now the rowing club of which she is a member has set up a Go Fund Me page to help 12-year-old Amy Mulcahy from Annacotty with her recovery.

By lunchtime yesterday, donations of €8,500 had been received against a target of raising €10,000.

Her four companions from the Athlunkard Boat Club were rescued but it is believed Amy became trapped when her hair caught in the outriggers which support the oars.

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The youngsters were accompanied by a support boat from the club when the accident happened at around 10am.

Amy received emergency first aid at the scene and was brought to University Hospital Limerick before being transferred to Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin.

Gardaí are investigating how the accident happened and the matter has also been referred to the Marine Casualty Investigation Board.

Tony Cahill, principal of Monaleen National School where Amy is a pupil, said that prayers are being offered for her recovery.

The school is also monitoring how Amy’s friends and classmates are coping with the news and a child psychologist has been consulted.

You can donate to the Go Fund Me here.