09/12/2019

Swimmer Dies Off Antrim Coast

A woman has died after getting into difficulty while swimming off the Co Antrim coast.

It's understood the swimmer was one of a group who entered the water in Ballycastle this morning, Monday 09 December.

Emergency services scrambled to the scene after reports of the incident. A second woman who got into difficulty has been taken to Causeway Hospital for treatment for the effects of hypothermia.

The police, Air Ambulance and NI Fire and Rescue Service were all in attendance.
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A spokesperson for the NIFRS issued the following statement: "Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of a woman who tragically died this morning following an incident at Ballycastle beach in the Cushendall Road area.

"We received the call at 8.41am. Two Fire Appliances from Ballycastle Fire Station, along with other emergency services, attended the scene to assist with the safety of two female swimmers.

"Both swimmers were out of the water on arrival of Fire Crews. Firefighters assisted paramedics with CPR.

"The second female was taken to hospital by Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

"The incident was dealt with at 9.39am."



(JG/CM)

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