Woman (35) dies after being swept out to sea
A 35-year-old woman died after she was swept out to sea while swimming at a beach yesterday.
The woman was named locally last night as Julie Burke and is believed to be from Moyross in Limerick city.
The incident occurred at around 3pm about a kilometre across the bay from Lahinch, Co Clare.
It is understood that a number of people tried to save the woman, but the current was too strong and she was washed away.
Another woman was later treated for hypothermia at the scene but did not require hospitalisation.
The Irish naval offshore patrol vessel LE Aisling, which had been anchored in Lahinch Bay at the time, responded to a request from Valentia Coast Guard to assist and immediately dispatched a crew on board a rigid inflatable boat to Kilmacreehy near Liscannor.
The naval boat quickly located the unconscious woman and took her on board. They administered CPR and paramedics continued this after she was brought to shore and put on board the rescue helicopter.
She was flown to University Hospital in Galway but was pronounced dead at 5.45pm.