Fifteen rescued from water in west Donegal

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Fifteen people from an Irish college in Donegal, including students and teaching staff, have been rescued after getting into difficulty while swimming.

It is understood those involved were attending the Gael Linn college at Machaire Rabhartaigh.

The Irish Coastguard attended the scene at about 17:00 local time.

Ten people were brought to Letterkenny University Hospital. All, but one, were discharged on Tuesday night.

A post on the Gael Linn Facebook page read: “The Irish coastguard, together with local people and college staff, assisted in the rescue.

“The good news is that everybody is fine and all have been discharged with the exception of the college principal who is making a good recovery.

“The parents of the students involved were contacted immediately.”

A coastguard spokesman said it was a lucky outcome and thanked the public for raising the alarm quickly.

“The operation was coordinated by the Malin Head Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre, who received a number of emergency calls reporting persons in difficulty off of the coast,” he said.

“On scene support was also provided by the Tory Ferry Queen of Aran and Mulroy Coast Guard Unit.

“All 15 casualties were rescued and 10 were airlifted to Letterkenny Hospital by R118 Coast Guard Helicopter.

“The helicopter crew deserve special commendation for their efficient response to a difficult challenge, as do staff in Malin Head for coordinating an operation with a successful outcome.”

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