A young doctor has died in what is believed to have been a freak drowning accident.

Dr Farah Ahmed, who was attached to Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar, lost her life late on Friday when the car she was driving ended up in a river.

The 30-year-old was dead when taken from the partly submerged vehicle at what is known as Hoban’s Carpark, Castlebar, which is adjacent to the Castlebar river.

Gardaí believe that Dr Ahmed was reversing at the time and her car, which breached a safety barrier, entered the water.

Dr Ahmed was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward. Any road users who were in the area between 10pm and midnight, who may have camera footage (including dash cam) are asked to make it available to gardaí.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Castlebar Garda station on 094 903 8200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.


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