Two people die in County Kerry drowning incident

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A man and woman have died in a drowning incident at Ballybunion beach in County Kerry on Thursday evening.

Irish broadcaster RTÉ understands the pair, a 50-year-old man and 62-year-old woman, are believed to have been related.

A teenager sounded the alarm about 18:00 local time after the man's body washed up on the shore.

The woman was found in the water by search units shortly after but both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The pair are believed to have been on a visit to Kerry.

The search was conducted by the Ballybunion Coast and Cliff Rescue and Ballybunion Coast Guard unit.

A Coast Guard helicopter and air ambulance were also dispatched as part of the operation.

Gardaí (Irish police) confirmed the bodies had been removed from the scene and a post-mortem examination would be conducted.

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