Three people almost drowned and many others got into difficulty during huge swells at a Co Donegal seaside resort yesterday.

The situation has led to a local surf school to issue a plea to people to stay out of the water during such sea conditions if they do not have experience.

Lee Wood of Narosa Surf School in Dunfanaghy issued the plea via the surf school’s Facebook page.

The experienced surfer told how the lifeboat service rescued two people in difficulty swimming while Narosa staff themselves reduced three from near drowning at the popular Marble Hill beach.

“The situation today at Marble Hill was a disaster and could have been very bad for the area,” wrote Mr Wood. “Narosa staff rescued three people from near drowning and assisted many others in trouble.”

This has added to a tally of more than 30 people in the last seven years. A lifeboat rescued two swimmers in trouble.

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“Cars blocked the stairs entrance to the beach where parking is forbidden, causing an ambulance difficulty in gaining beach access,” wrote Mr Wood.

“There were some very heated exchanges between drivers en route to the beach.

“This is not our normal type of post but we have to share a few thoughts from our experience in the ocean. Today at Marble Hill was a mess. For many simple reasons.

“The surf was very big, an unusually large summer swell. Please understand this is not the day to send your kids down into the water with little experience on equipment that can get them into trouble.

“If you are an adult and have little surf experience, book a lesson. At very least ask someone who knows what they are doing before you paddle out.”


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