Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ballintra Girl Dies in Australia

Ballintra Graveyard

Elaine Morrow of Ballinatra passed away in diving accident in Australia.
http://www.herald.ie/national-news/tragic-backpacker-was-firsttime-diver-2624787.html
Elaine Morrow (23) from Ballintra, Donegal was on a three-day charter boat trip with pals on Langford Island off north Queensland on Sunday and decided to go scuba diving, but never resurfaced ...

Her distraught family are waiting for the post-mortem results before they can fly their beloved daughter home. However, this is expected to take up to 10 days ...

Mayor of Ballyshannon Brendan Travers said the news of her death had stunned the community.
"When something like this comes out of the blue, it's so hard for people to take. Our thoughts and our prayers are with her family."

3 comments:

Micheál Feeney said...

Very sad to hear of such a tragic death.Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Micheal Feeney and family(Ballintra and Brazil)

Mick T. said...

Some more news about this from the Indo:

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/two-probes-under-way-into-scuba-death-of-backpacker-2627380.html

"Meanwhile, neighbours rallied around the Morrow family in Ballintra yesterday as they struggled with Ms Morrow's death, which ironically occurred two years to the day that her grandfather, Victor Barnes (80), also died, according to a close friend of the family.

"They're still in a state of shock and I don't think it has really sunk in yet," he said. "They're absolutely shattered."

Three of Ms Morrow's former classmates from Ballintra, who are living in Australia, are helping the family as they make arrangements to bring her body home once it is released by the coroner, he added.

Family members were too upset to comment last night."

Mick T. said...

And another update:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0503/1224295913218.html

"Ms Morrow’s funeral will be held on Thursday afternoon after a service at the Drumholm Parish Church of Ireland, Ballintra.

Her home will be strictly private and for family members tonight and on Thursday morning, but there will be a wake for friends and neighbours tomorrow."