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Search for body of student swept out to sea goes on

Published 05/11/2011 | 05:00

Rescuers search for the student off Achill Island, Co Mayo, yesterday. He was swept out to sea by a wave. Photo: PAUL MEALEY
Rescuers search for the student off Achill Island, Co Mayo, yesterday. He was swept out to sea by a wave. Photo: PAUL MEALEY

RESCUERS will resume efforts today to recover the body of a Finnish student who was swept out to sea while taking photographs of a rugged shoreline.

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Treacherous sea conditions yesterday off Achill Island in Co Mayo prevented them from retrieving the body of the 23-year-old, who drowned after he was swept into the sea by a large wave on Thursday.

The student, who has not been named, was standing on a rock at Cloughmore along the rugged Atlantic Drive when the accident happened.

The victim, who is believed to be a student at Waterford Institute of Technology, was among a group of foreign students on a day trip.

His girlfriend and another Finnish student ran to a nearby house to raise the alarm shortly after midday on Thursday.

Rescuers, including local divers, members of the Achill Coast Guard, the local RNLI lifeboat and the crew of a Coast Guard rescue helicopter from Sligo are taking part in the operation.

The beauty spot also claimed the life of 28-year-old Polish man Marcin Sylvester Wilczek in 2005, after he plunged more than a hundred feet to his death when he lost his footing and fell into the sea.

Irish Independent

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