Nine out of the ten people hospitalised after being swept out to sea at Magheroarty have been discharged, it has been confirmed.
Fifteen students and staff of the Gael Linn college at Machaire Rabhartaigh were rescued from the water in a large-scale emergency operation on Tuesday evening.
The college principal remains in Letterkenny University Hospital and is said to be making a good recovery.
“The good news is that everybody is fine,” said a statement from Gael Linn on Tuesday night.
A group from the summer college had been swimming close to Magheroarty beach earlier this afternoon when they got into difficulty in the water.
Several emergency calls were made and the Coast Guard, Rescue 118 helicopter, local fishing boats and the Tory ‘Queen of Aran’ Ferry were all tasked to the scene.
Ten of the people rescued from the water were transported to Letterkenny University Hospital for assessment. Nine of those people were taken by helicopter and one by ambulance. It is understood that some of the group were suffering from the effects of hypothermia, water ingestion and shock.
The parents of the students involved were contacted immediately, according to Gael Linn.
An update was issued by the college on Tuesday night to say that all of the students and staff, with the exception of the principal, have been discharged after getting the all-clear from the hospital.
The statement said: “Gael Linn would like to thank sincerely The Irish Coastguard, Rescue 118, and all who ensured that there was a successful outcome.”Tags: