Tragedy as young woman drowns while night swimming
GARDAI are treating as a tragic accident the death of a young woman who drowned while night swimming.
The woman had been swimming with two other young men at around midnight last night when tragedy struck on the River Feale.
It's believed the three had been swimming earlier in the day along with a large gathering of other people who had flocked to the river as they enjoyed the fine weather.
When the woman could not be located the emergency services were alerted.
Following a 20-minute search by members of the Abbeyfeale District Search & Rescue Service, gardaí, and local fire crews, the young woman's body was recovered from the river, near to where her shoes had been found on the riverbank a short time earlier.
Emergency crews performed CPR to try to revive her but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her body was taken to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem was carried out today.
"She was 21 years old. We are treating it as a terrible tragedy. She was one of a group of young people swimming in the river and she got into difficulty. She was missed after a while and then the emergency services were contacted," said a garda spokesman.
It's understood the area where the trio were swimming is called The Powerhouse, located in Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, just off the Killarney Road.