Thursday 23 March 2017

Search for body of student swept out to sea goes on

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.

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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