Two Irish schoolchildren died less than 24 hours apart on the Greek island of Ios last weekend, and medical examiners have found no evidence of foul play. Andrew O’Donnell and Max Wall, both 18, were on holiday after the exam with dozens of classmates from St. Michael’s College Dublin to celebrate the end of their secondary school when disaster struck. After a night out in Hora, the capital of Ios, O’Donnell was walking along cliffs back to his hotel in the early hours of Saturday morning when he reportedly fell and hit his head.
The child reportedly had a history of heart problems, as reported by local media. O’Donnell’s body was found Sunday morning. When his friend Wall learned of his death later that day, he passed out in shock. Local news said the child had a history of heart problems. Yesterday, police spokeswoman Konstantina Dimoglidou told MailOnline that any leads in the investigation would depend on the results of the autopsy, which suggests no foul play was involved in the boys’ deaths despite earlier reports that police planned to investigate whether their drinks had been fortified. . At first glance, injuries to the neck and head (of O’Donnell) imply that he strayed from his path; that he slipped and fell, but we are also investigating criminal negligence, Dimoglidou said.
Yesterday O’Donnell and Wall’s parents flew to Greece to collect their sons’ bodies and learn the results of post-mortem examinations. Pupils at the school formed a guard of honor when police flew the bodies of the boys from Ios to Athens before they were flown back to Ireland with their devastated families. After a night out with friends in Hora, Andrew disappeared while apparently trying to find his own way back to his accommodation. Saturday morning, around 1:30 a.m., he was last spotted. His friends called the police around 9 p.m. that evening when he still hadn’t returned. A massive search finally located her body in a ravine on Sunday morning, near some rocks at the base of a cliff. There were indications on his body that he had fallen, although it is unclear from what height.
Andrew’s friend Max Wall passed out while waiting for a ship at the island’s port shortly after the tragedy. Max was found unconscious around 2pm on a Sunday while waiting to return to port and catch a plane to Athens. He was taken to a nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. Three years ago, Max underwent heart surgery, which went well. Autopsies, according to the regional police administration of the southern Aegean zone, which is leading the investigation. Andrew was discovered on a road linking the port and the city. The senior commanding officer, Brigadier Thanos Loukas, confirmed that he had fallen. We have located Max near his last known residence. Autopsies will reveal the true cause of death, despite the fact that we know he had a history of heart problems. Once these procedures are completed, the circumstances of the two deaths will become more apparent.
A second officer said Max’s companions reported the teenager was visibly upset after hearing the news from his pal. “Max passed out when he found out what had happened,” he explained. Everyone agrees that this situation is tragic in the same way as an ancient Greek coin. The island as a whole is in disbelief. The death was sudden,” Dimoglidou said. His death was officially documented after he was transferred to the nearest hospital. Norma Foley, the Minister for Education, said “there are no words” to express the tragedy. Kelleher said the school’s parents’ association sent representatives to the Greek island to be with the families. “We are completely shocked, the whole town is in shock at the news,” he said on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.
He praised Andrew, a recent high school graduate, calling him a “fantastic young man, great sportsman, fantastic footballer” with a strong academic background. He saw his future as “very, very bright”, saying, “The world was his oyster, he was looking forward to his vacation, looking forward to college.” The guys were looking for him and received terrible news about his whereabouts yesterday morning. Max was “very brilliant”, “a fantastic footballer” and “passionate about rugby”, according to him. Once again, the world was at his feet, he said. Positive and confident in the future. We are obviously devastated for the families, their friends and family after learning yesterday that their future had been stolen, and we are here to help and support in any way we can in the days and weeks ahead.
He said classes would run as usual this week, a book of condolences would be provided and counseling services would be made available to students. The Irish tricolor and school flag fly at half mast outside the front door and wreaths have been laid at the school. Kelleher said: “It’s the worst possible scenario for a child. No parent ever wants to hear the news that their child is missing. However, two of our families have received such a call, and our deepest condolences and deepest sadness go to them. The death of Rory Deegan on the Greek island of Zakynthos was just announced this week. The 22-year-old County Laois man was discovered motionless in a swimming pool and later pronounced dead.