MEMBERS of the Abbeyfeale and District Search and Rescue unit (ADSR) are warning members of the public to be be extremely vigilant when swimming, following the tragic death of local woman Lisa Knight in a drowning accident last week.
Ms Knight (21) got into difficulty shortly after midnight on Tuesday night after entering the River Feale at an area known locally as Powerhouse, on the Killarney Road side of town.
Rescuers have said that two fishermen who were in the river at the time had warned the young woman and two male friends that they were swimming in a very dangerous area and advised them to move on. However, just a short time later, Ms Knight disappeared under water and the emergency services were called.
Christy Kelliher, a member of the search team told how up to 40 members of the unit were deployed to the scene at 12.17pm, and Ms Knight's body was recovered by team leader Michael Kelliher within 20 minutes. Despite rescuers administering CPR for close to an hour, Ms Knight was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr Kelliher said that the area where Ms Knight drowned is known to be dangerous, but said people should take extreme care when out swimming and only go to areas they are familiar with.
"People simply have to be aware of their surroundings and where they are, and if they don't know the area then stay well clear," he warned. "It's tragic how quickly things can go wrong."