Saturday 10 December 2016

Woman who died after being swept into sea by rogue wave 'was in water for almost an hour'

Pat Flynn

Published 11/07/2016 | 02:30

The 53-year-old was ultimately found by a boat crew from the Doolin unit of the Coast Guard amid rough conditions off the Clare coast
The 53-year-old was ultimately found by a boat crew from the Doolin unit of the Coast Guard amid rough conditions off the Clare coast

A woman who died after being swept into the sea by a rogue wave was in the water for almost an hour.

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The 53-year-old was ultimately found by a boat crew from the Doolin unit of the Coast Guard amid rough conditions off the Clare coast.

The woman, who is believed to be from Lithuania but was living in Tipperary, was part of a group that had been fishing at Ballyreen, south of Fanore.

The area has been the scene of several tragedies in recent years.

It is understood that she was swept off the rocks by a wave and taken out to sea.

The alarm was raised at around 9am when the Coast Guard received a report of a person in the water at Blackhead in Co Clare. Later, however, it was confirmed that the incident had occurred further south, at Ballyreen.

An ambulance crew and garda patrols were first to arrive at the scene, while the Doolin unit of the Coast Guard was mobilised.

A rescue boat was quickly launched, but weather conditions at the time were almost too dangerous to put the boat to sea, with winds reaching Force Six to Seven.

The woman could be seen treading water for a time and was later seen floating on her back before her friends lost sight of her.

Members of Doolin Coast Guard located the woman. She is understood to have lived in Nenagh for the past five years where she worked in a shop.

Irish Independent

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