Woman drowns on 'dream trip' to Vietnam
Published 14/10/2015 | 02:30
A dream holiday in Vietnam ended in tragedy when an Irishwoman drowned after being swept off a beach by a freak wave.
The woman, named locally as Stephanie Hartnett (64), died despite desperate attempts by other holidaymakers and Vietnamese rescue workers to save her.
Ms Hartnett was originally from Adare, Co Limerick, but in recent years had been living in Mallow, Co Cork.
She was single and well known in north Cork for her involvement in charities and historical societies.
Ms Hartnett was a former President of the Rotary Club in Mallow who had travelled to Asia with a group of friends for what was described as "the holiday of a lifetime".
It is understood she was relaxing by a popular Vietnamese beach resort outside Ho Chi Minh City when she was apparently swept away by a freak wave last Saturday.
Seas had been very rough off Vietnam and Thailand over recent days due to the lingering effects of several typhoons in the region.
Junior Foreign Affairs Minister Sean Sherlock said consular support services are being provided to the Hartnett family via the Irish mission in Hanoi.
Meanwhile, a young Irish man who was placed in an induced coma after he suffered a brain injury during an assault in Australia has been discharged from hospital.
Jason Cierans (29), of Mount Nebo Avenue, Cork, is now recuperating at his home.