A FEMALE diver has been airlifted to hospital after being stung in the face by a jellyfish.
The Dublin Coast Guard said the woman was in a group of five diving in shallow waters near Skerries, Co Dublin, yesterday when the incident occurred.
The alarm was raised when three of the group returned to shore and realised the other two were missing.
They immediately called for help and the search and rescue helicopter based in Dublin Airport was sent, along with the Skerries inshore lifeboat and Skerries Coast Guard.
"We got a report from the shore shortly after 11am that these two were missing," a Coast Guard spokesman said.
"They were sighted in the water by the divers who went ashore. One went out and assisted them back in. The Coast Guard arrived and determined that the female needed further medical attention.
"She had been stung in the face by a jellyfish, was hypothermic and was drifting in and out of consciousness. Herself and her diving buddy were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda by the helicopter," the spokesman added.