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Freak wave claims the life of a woman on Clare coast

By Pat Flynn

Published 11/07/2016

A woman who died after being swept into the sea in the Republic by a rogue wave was in the water for almost an hour
A woman who died after being swept into the sea in the Republic by a rogue wave was in the water for almost an hour

A woman who died after being swept into the sea in the Republic by a rogue wave was in the water for almost an hour.

The 53-year-old was ultimately found by a boat crew from Doolin Coastguard amid rough conditions off the Clare coast.

The woman, who is believed to be from Lithuania but was living in Tipperary for the past five years, was part of a group that had been fishing at Ballyreen, south of Fanore. The area has been the scene of several tragedies in recent years.

The alarm was raised at 9am when the Coastguard received a report of a person in the water at Blackhead. Later, however, it was confirmed that the incident had occurred further south, at Ballyreen.

An ambulance crew and Garda patrols were first to arrive at the scene, while the Doolin unit of the Coastguard was mobilised.

A rescue boat was launched, despite weather conditions at the time being almost too dangerous to put the boat to sea.

The woman could be seen treading water for a time and was later seen floating on her back before her friends lost sight of her.

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