Gardaí treating body on beach as personal tragedy
Gardai are treating the discovery of a women's body on the rocks at Sandycove, south Dublin yesterday as a personal tragedy.
The woman, described as being aged between 50 and 60 years old, has been positively identified by a family member as a local resident.
Her body was discovered washed up on the rocks of Scotsman's Bay in the seaside town on Thursday morning. A post mortem revealed that she drowned and gardaí appealed for help in identifying her, before the family member came forward.
Gardaí believe that the body was not in the water for a long time.
Local Councillor John Bailey told the Irish Independent that it is unlikely the body would have been on the beach for very long before it was found, because of the sheer number of people that swim around there all year round.
He called it an "awful tragedy for the poor woman".
"It's right beside me, less than half a mile down the road. It's incredibly sad," Mr Bailey said.
"Whether she got washed up onto the rocks, I don't know, but it's very strange."