A man in his 40s has died after he got into difficulty while swimming in a lake in Co Clare.

The incident occurred at around 6.30pm yesterday at Ballyalla Lake, on the outskirts of Ennis.

It is understood the man was seen diving into the water from a pier, but did not resurface.

A number of people helped bring him ashore, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body has been removed to University Hospital Limerick, where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.