The deaths of two women, whose bodies were found on a beach in Co Clare yesterday morning, are understood to have been the result of a tragic accident.

Their bodies were found a few metres apart at White Strand beach near Miltown Malbay at around 10.30am.

They were fully-clothed and their clothing was wet.

Post mortem examinations carried out last night in Limerick established that there was no foul play in their deaths.

Gardaí are now trying to establish the circumstances of the tragedy and are looking at the possibility that one woman had fallen and the other went to her assistance.

The two women are believed to be from Wales.