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Thursday 28 August 2014

Woman's car swept into sea by swell

Majella O'Sullivan

Published 04/01/2014 | 02:30

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The road at Rossbeigh, Co Kerry was a mess yesterday but a similar swell swept a woman into the sea at Asdee, North Kerry

A WOMAN is recovering in hospital following a dramatic rescue, when her car was swept into the sea after she lost her way in high floodwaters.

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The Limerick woman was visiting a friend near Ballylongford in north Kerry when she took a wrong turn and hit high tide waters.

The water began to rise in the car and the woman had to jump on to the bonnet for safety.

The emergency services found her at the shore at Clounamon in Asdee, Co Kerry, and her car was semi-submerged.

Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue Service received a call at around 7.15pm on Tuesday and it responded along with the Shannon-based Coast Guard Helicopter, with assistance from Ballybunion Coast Guard Unit.

The woman was treated for shock and hypothermia before being transferred by ambulance to Kerry General Hospital, where she remains recovering from the trauma.

A spokesman for Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue Service said: "She deserves great credit for remaining calm."

Irish Independent

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