Friday 19 January 2018

Irish woman's dream holiday ends in tragedy when she is swept off beach by freak wave

File photo: Halong Bay,Vietnam
File photo: Halong Bay,Vietnam
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A DREAM holiday in Vietnam ended in tragedy when an Irish woman drowned after being swept off a beach by a freak wave.

The woman died despite desperate attempts by other holidaymakers and Vietnamese rescue officials to save her.

The woman was from Limerick but resident in Cork.

She was single and is understood to have been in her 50s.

The woman travelled to the Far East with a group of close friends for what was described as “the holiday of a lifetime.”

She was deeply interested in foreign cultures and had been planning the overseas trip with friends for several months.

The holiday included a sightseeing programme supplemented by time at a beach resort.

It is understood she was relaxing by the popular Vietnamese beach resort when she was apparently swept away by a freak wave last Saturday as she was in the shallows.

Seas had been very rough off Vietnam and Thailand over recent days due to the lingering effects of several typhoons in the region.

These are being blamed for the freak wave which swept her away.

Desperate efforts to reach her in time failed and she was pronounced dead when finally brought ashore.

Junior Foreign Affairs Minister Sean Sherlock TD has ensured full consular support services are being provided to the family via the Irish mission in Hanoi.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is now assisting the devastated family with making arrangements for the repatriation of the woman's remains.

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