Off-duty garda dies after Carrick-on-Shannon boat fire

Detective Garda Deirdre Finn who died in the blaze
Detective Garda Deirdre Finn who died in the blaze

An off-duty garda officer has died in a fire on a boat at Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Leitrim.

Detective Garda Deirdre Finn was a serving member of An Garda Síochána based in south Dublin.

It is understood the garda was close to retirement.

The fatal fire occurred early on Monday, which is a bank holiday the Republic.

The emergency services were called to the scene to tackle flames that had engulfed a cruiser vessel on the River Shannon.

Ms Finn was pronounced dead and the scene sealed off for examination as part of the Garda investigation into the incident.

Independent councillor and cathaoirleach of the Carrick on Shannon Municipal District Enda Stenson said it was a “total tragedy” to hit the area which had enjoyed its annual boat rally and regatta at the weekend.

"It's a terrible, terrible, tragedy," Mr Stenson told The Irish News. "It has brought such a sadness to the area.

"And it is so sad for the family. People were here on holiday....Everyone here is ready to reach out and help and support. We can only sympathies with them."

In a statement Gardai said: “Gardaí assisted emergency services following reports of a fire on a boat in Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim,” Garda headquarters said in response to queries about the incident.

“One female has been confirmed deceased. The scene is currently being preserved. Investigations are ongoing.”

Gardaí said no further information was available at present.