Elderly women die after beach tragedy
TWO elderly women have died after a tragic swimming accident off a Co Kerry beach.
The women, aged in their 60s and 70s and from Dublin, were spotted in difficulty in the water off Inch Strand near the village of Annascaul.
Coast Guard teams, including a helicopter, were scrambled to the scene shortly after 7pm last night.
They were brought ashore, where waiting ambulance crews performed CPR, before both women were airlifted to Kerry General Hospital in Tralee. Gardai sealed off the beach while the rescue operation got under way.
It is understood the women were on holidays in the area and had gone out into the water for an evening swim.
"Both women were swimming at the time, and were in a critical condition when taken from the water," said a Valentia Coast Guard spokesman.
"It was touch and go at that stage and CPR was carried out for over an hour on the beach.
"We don't know how long they were out swimming before getting into trouble, but both were in a serious way when they were brought ashore."
One eyewitness to the rescue said: "They were in the water a long time. It was absolutely heartbreaking."