Woman dies after being washed into sea

Woman dies after being washed into sea


Doolin Coast Guard Boat
File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A woman has died after she was swept into the sea by a rogue wave in Co Clare this morning.

The woman, believed to be a 53-year-old from Lithuania who had an address in Co Tipperary, was part of a group that had been fishing at Ballyreen, south of Fanore.

The alarm was raised at around 8.45am when emergency services received a report of a person in the water.

Coast Guard teams from Doolin travelled to the scene by boat and by road, while an ambulance and Gardaí also responded to the incident.

The boat crew located the woman at around 10.00am about a kilometre from where she fell into the sea.

Volunteers recovered the woman from the water and worked to resuscitate her while the helicopter crew prepared to winch her aboard.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The woman was airlifted from the rescue boat and flown to hospital – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The woman was flown to University Hospital Galway for treatment but Gardaí have confirmed that she was later pronounced dead.

A postmortem examination is expected to be carried out tomorrow while Gardaí have confirmed they are treating the incident as a tragic accident.



Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.