Swimmer, 19, goes missing at lake

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A search was under way last night after a 19-year-old swimmer was reported missing at a lake. Police said the teenager got into difficulty while bathing with friends at lower Lough Erne, in County Fermanagh.

A passing boat, the Top Cat, picked up the two survivors after their companion, who has not been named, failed to resurface. The search involved members of the Enniskillen coastguard, a lifeboat, two recue helicopters and fire crews. Pleasure craft were also assisting. Ian Murdock, of Belfast Coastguard, said the search was likely to continue until dusk.

The lakes at Lough Earne are popular with bathers and watersports enthusiasts. Only last month, the body of a teenager who went missing after taking the drug mephedrone was pulled from the water.

Daniel Mohan, 16, of Enniskillen, had not been seen since failing to turn up at a friend's house almost a week before.