A man in his early 40s from Co Clare has died after he got into difficulty while swimming this morning.

The man was plucked from the sea by an Irish Coast Guard helicopter and winched onto the beach at Lahinch where efforts to resuscitate him got under way.

A surfer reported that a swimmer had disappeared beneath the surface of the water and he could not get to him. 

The alarm was raised at around 10.40am when the surfer returned to shore to seek further help.

The Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, and the Doolin and Kilkee units of the Irish Coast Guard were alerted. The Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat was also sent to the incident.

The helicopter crew recovered the man before he was flown to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.