A man and woman believed to be in their 40s has sadly drowned on the beach at Ballybunion in County Kerry this evening.
It is believed to be a brother and sister visiting the area.
A teenager sounded the alarm just after 6 p.m. when the man washed up on the beach.
Members of Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue and the Ballybunion Coast Guard Unit began resuscitating the man, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.
At the same time, Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue searched the water, picked up the woman and took her to the beach.
The woman also underwent CPR but was also pronounced dead.
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