There is sad news emerging this afternoon, as it has been confirmed that a woman has died during a search operation off the coast of Kilkee, Co. Clare.
According to reports, the woman, who has not been named, was a member of the Irish Coast Guards, and was one of three looking for a man missing from Lisseycasey when tragedy struck.
One member of the Irish Coast Guard has died, and two others were taken to hospital after their vessel overturned off Kilkee in Co Clare.— Declan Varley (@declanvarley) September 12, 2016
RTÉ News have reported that the woman was thrown into the water along with two others when the inflatable rig they were in flipped over in a heavy swell.
Another unit from Kilkee and the rescue helicopter from Shannon were called to help with the rescue.
Irish Coast Guard crew member dies during search operation off coast of County Clare; 2 others taken to hospital— Radio Juan (@radiojuanfm) September 12, 2016
Two others were rescued from the water and taken to hospital, where their conditions are not yet known.