A man has died after he was washed into the sea in Co Clare this afternoon.

The man is believed to have been taking photographs at the base of a cliff at Creeragh off the Dunlicky coast road near Kilkee when the accident happened.

It is understood he was struck by a rogue wave and washed into the sea.

The man is believed to have made his way down to the base of a cliff before he was swept off the rocks.

Emergency services were alerted at around 3.30pm and a major search and rescue operation was mounted.

Gardaí and volunteers from the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard were dispatched to the scene while the Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115, was also tasked to assist in the search.

The helicopter crew soon located the casualty and winched him on board the aircraft and rushed him to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

However, the man was later pronounced dead.

The man was understood to be aged 30, from Hungary and living in Galway.

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances of the incident.