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Emergency services were called to a lake in Derry on Monday evening after two teenage boys got into trouble in the water.
It is understood that one of the boys had trouble swimming and another went to his aid while two others who were with him called for help.
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS), police, fire service and air ambulance were dispatched to Enagh Lough in the Strathfoyle area following a 999 call at 6.30pm.
A search operation for the two boys who entered the water was ongoing on Monday evening and two other boys who called for help are understood to have been taken to Altnagellon Hospital.
Strathfoyle councilor Rachael Ferguson was at the scene, which she described as “terrifying” on a sunny evening.
“Two teenage boys were taken to hospital and searched by the lough,” he told The Irish Times.
“It seems the four boys were from out of the area and out on their bikes for the day. One got into trouble in the lough and the other went in to help.
“Extended families were already down and in shock,” he said.
“It’s a beautiful wildlife area with a huge lough. Lots of people used it for cold water swimming on lockdown, it’s really well run. Unfortunately it’s unpredictable, ho. You might be going along and then all of a sudden you’re dropped a lot. You have to be a very strong swimmer in that.
“We haven’t had a fatality in years,” he added.
A NIAS spokesperson confirmed that two patients were taken by ambulance to Altnagellon Area Hospital.
“It happened when we received a 999 call shortly before 6.30pm on Monday.
“NIAS dispatched one rapid response paramedic, five emergency personnel, one heart crew and one ambulance officer to the scene. NIAS has also assigned the responsibility of the Charity Air Ambulance to the incident.
Foyle Search and Rescue are also in attendance.
NIAS said the incident is ongoing as they work with partner agencies on the scene.
A PSNI spokesman said: “Police are currently dealing with an incident in the Temple Road area of Derry.
“We are asking the public to avoid the area at this time.”