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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Tragic nuns drowned further from shore

Published 17/08/2014 | 02:30

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Sr Paula Buckley (right) and Sr Imelda Carew
Sr Paula Buckley

Gardai have confirmed that the two nuns who died on Inch beach last week were swimming in deeper waters and further from shore than initially believed.

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It now also appears that the nuns died from drowning rather than any sudden medical attack.

Sr Paula Buckley (70) and Sr Imelda Carew (67) of the Presentation congregation's southeast province were among a group of three sisters who were holidaying in the Dingle peninsula.

Their companion was not swimming and stood on the shoreline waiting for them to emerge from the water before they disappeared from view shortly after 7pm on Thursday.

Gardai have taken statements from eight people who were on the beach at the time. A surfer has also been interviewed and he has told gardai that the nuns were swimming beyond the first break of the surf, 30 metres from shore, in deep waters.

Their bodies were recovered from shallow waters, which initially puzzled the authorities, leading to speculation one may have suffered a heart attack.

Sunday Independent

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