An Irish woman drowned after she was swept away by strong currents off the coast of southern France.
The woman drowned in Leucate in the Aude region on Friday.
She was originally from Dublin but lived in nearby Perpignan.
According to French media reports, she enjoyed lunch with her partner at a restaurant along the beach before going into the sea to swim.
She was swept away by strong waves at a beach that is not supervised by lifeguards.
Her partner, who was also swimming in the sea, managed to bring himself safely back to shore and passers-by alerted the emergency services.
Lifeguards soon arrived to the scene and rushed to her aid but were unable to save her.
Authorities had warned swimmers to take extra care in the water due to the swells and strong waves along the Aude coastline on the Mediterranean last week.
The beach, near the private beaches of Poulpe and Chez Biquet, where she died is not supervised by lifeguards.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to her family.
A spokesperson said: The Department is aware of the case and providing consular assistance.
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