Shock over death of teenage girl in Larne

26 November 2019 McAuley Multimedia. Emergency services at the scene of an incident in Larne last night. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
26 November 2019 McAuley Multimedia. Emergency services at the scene of an incident in Larne last night. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Condolences have been expressed after the tragic death of a teenage girl in Larne.

The 14-year-old girl died after going into the Inver River in Larne last night.

Emergency services were scrambled after the incident, which had been reported around 10pm.

The police helicopter, search crews and ambulance crews were all involved in the emergency operation to try and find her.

This morning a PSNI spokesman said: "Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a 14-year-old girl at the Inver River area of Larne last night, Tuesday, 26 November.

"A post mortem is due to take place and enquiries are continuing.

"There are no further details at this stage."

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Mayor, Councillor Maureen Morrow, said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and loved ones of the young girl who died in a tragic incident in Larne last night.

“To lose a young person at any time is truly unimaginable but for this to happen in the run-up to the Christmas period is especially heartbreaking and I wish to extend the sympathies of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to this young girl’s family and all those who mourn her loss.

“I am also mindful of all those from the emergency services and the volunteers from the Community Rescue Service who attended the scene last night and hope that they, and anyone else affected by this tragic incident, can receive the support they need in the days, weeks and months ahead.”

East Antrim MLA John Stewart said the news was "heartbreaking".

"Very little will act as comfort to the parents, family and friends of this young girl at this hugely difficult time," Mr Stewart added.

"My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with each of them as they begin to come to terms with this earth shattering tragedy.

"I have no doubt the entire Larne community will also be offering their thoughts and prayers and support to the family in any way they can."

UUP MLA Roy Beggs has described the incident as a "very sad news in Larne".

Many took to social media to express their shock.

"Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends," wrote one Facebook user.

"So sad to hear this news, it's so heartbreaking," another added.