A YOUNG Irishman who drowned off the Australian coast was wading outside of an area patrolled by lifeguards, police said.
One man who rushed to try and save the life of Martin Costigan (28) claimed that if a number of others had got involved, he might have been saved.
But there was a perilous riptide and local lifeguards did not call people into the water to join the rescue attempt.
Mr Costigan, from Templetuohy, Co Tipperary, had waded into an unpatrolled zone at Scarborough beach near Perth having gone for a swim with his brother and two friends.
Witness Florian Ashe said he had spotted Mr Costigan, who had been working as a civil engineer in Perth, seconds before he was dragged under the waves. He and two other men rushed into the sea without any prompting from the lifeguards, but they also claimed there were about 20 other bystanders.
"We saw just his elbow and we called out to the lifeguards, who came to the spot, but he was gone.
"I think things could have been done differently."