Criminal charges sought after Aoife's Hook fall

Published 10/09/2016 | 00:00

Aoife Winterlich who died having been swept into the seat at Hook Head.
Aoife Winterlich who died having been swept into the seat at Hook Head.

Gardai have submitted a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in relation to the death of a 14-year-old girl scout.

Aoife Winterlich, from Walkinstown in Dublin, died after she was swept into the sea off Hook Head on a weekend scouting trip on December 6, 2015.

She was rescued from the sea by the Irish Coast Guard but subsequently died at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, on December 11, 2015.

Dublin Coroner's Court heard that a file was submitted to the DPP's office last week.

Detective Inspector Larry Brady of New Ross Garda Station told Deputy Dublin Coroner Dr Crona Gallagher that the file had been submitted on Wednesday last, August 31.

Gardaí are awaiting directions from the DPP in relation to possible criminal charges. A three-month adjournment of the inquest was sought.

Aoife's mother, Ann Winterlich, who previously gave evidence of the formal identification of her daughter at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, was present in court.

Aoife was a member of the 55th South Circular Road scout group in Dublin.

She was on a scout trip when she and three other young people were swept into the sea during a heavy swell in the aftermath of Storm Desmond at about 2 p.m. on December 6.

Two of the four made it back to shore, while two were winched to safety by the Waterford-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter.

Aoife fell back into the sea as rescuers attempted to bring on her on board the helicopter.

She was immediately recovered from the sea and both teenagers were flown to hospital, arriving within 17 minutes of the initial call out. The coroner adjourned the inquest for three months until December 9.

Wexford People

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