A  woman has drowned off the coast of Achill Island in Co Mayo.

The alarm was raised shortly after 3pm.

The local coastguard unit was tasked and a lifeboat was dispatched from Purteen Harbour to assist in the operation.

It is understood the woman was from the area.

Her body has been removed to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar.

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out.