Saturday 16 December 2017

Teenage girl fighting for her life after four young friends swept into the sea by freak wave

Hook Head Co Wexford
Hook Head Co Wexford
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A TEENAGE girl (14) is fighting for her life after a group of four youngsters were swept into the sea while walking on rocks near Wexford's Hook Head.

Weather conditions from Storm Desmond are being blamed for a strong sea surge which swept the four, a woman in her 20s and three teens, off the rocks into the sea shortly after 2pm.

The Waterford-based Irish Coastguard helicopter was immediately dispatched together with two local RNLI units.

Two of the teens managed to scramble back to safety from the rocks.

They were unhurt except for being shocked and having sustained minor cuts and bruises.

However, their two friends had to be rescued from the sea.

Luckily, they had managed to cling together and the helicopter was able to locate them immediately offshore from where their friends were standing.

Both were airlifted to Waterford University Hospital at Ardkeen.

The duo were treated for hypothermia.

A 14-year-old girl is now in a critical condition while a woman in her 20s is described as being in a serious condition.

The group are from the Dublin area and their families are now by their hospital bedsides in Waterford.

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