A snorkeller has died after getting into difficulty off the south-east coast.

Two snorkellers were in the water at Ardmore, Co Waterford, earlier this evening.

One of the snorkellers managed to make it ashore and emergency services were called to assist the other person shortly before 6pm.

Crew from the Coast Guard Rescue 117 helicopter airlifted the casualty.

CPR was carried out on the person on board the helicopter but efforts were unsuccessful.

The person was transferred to Waterford University Hospital and was subsequently pronounced dead.