Sisters' deaths 'tragic accident'
Police are treating the deaths of two sisters whose bodies were found on a beach as a tragic accident.
The grim discovery was made at White Strand, a scenic tourist spot close to Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, at 10.30am on Friday.
Gardai said the women were believed to be from Wales and were touring the area.
Superintendent Colm O'Sullivan, from nearby Ennistymon Garda Station, said the cause of the accident was not clear but one of the women may have attempted to help the other in difficulty.
"That's what we think happened, that one of them fell," he said. "There was a slipway going down to a beach, and we don't know whether one of them was swept off this pier because the seas were rough at the time.
"We don't know whether one was swept off, or fell, and the other one went to her assistance."
Gardai said the accident happened either Thursday evening or Friday morning. "We're looking at a 12 to 14-hour period there," Supt O'Sullivan said.
The women were found on a rocky area of the beach, fully clothed and close together, by a passer-by out walking.
Mr O'Sullivan said the women were middle-aged sisters and were touring the Co Clare area.
A British-registered Citroen car with a dog inside was found near the small sandy beach, which is favoured by swimmers and surfers. Gardai confirmed the car belonged to the women.