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Dublin: 12 °C Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Irishman, 28, drowns in swimming accident in Perth

The Irish man, understood to be from Co Tipperary, was swimming with friends when he was pulled out to sea.

Scarborough Beach in Perth, where a 28-year-old Irishman drowned today.
Scarborough Beach in Perth, where a 28-year-old Irishman drowned today.
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AN IRISHMAN has died after being caught in a rip current while swimming off the coast of Perth today.

The man, 28, was pulled unconscious from the sea off Scarborough Beach shortly after a search had been launched to recover him.

The man, who has not been named, had been swimming with three friends around 100 areas outside the flagged swimming area, and was near a ‘No Swimming’ sign when he was swept to sea, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

A local beach services co-ordinator said the man had swallowed a lot of water and had sunk to the bottom of the sea as a result. He had been underwater for around 25 minutes before he was recovered.

He told the West Australian that his friends had described him as having only a very limited swimming ability.

It is understood the deceased was on a working visa in Australia. His family have been informed, and consular assistance is being provided.

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