Search for body of student swept out to sea goes on
Published 05/11/2011 | 05:00
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.
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.