Four swimmers were rescued off Rosses Point beach in Co Sligo yesterday after getting into difficulty.
Shortly before 3pm, the Sligo Bay RNLI was tasked by the Coastguard following calls from several onlookers on the beach.
The four ladies, who are seasoned swimmers, had got into difficulty trying to get ashore at the beach due to a swell.
One swimmer managed to reach the shore unaided, one was rescued by the lifeboat and the other two were airlifted onboard the Rescue 188 helicopter.
All four were taken to Sligo University Hospital for assessment.
The Sligo Bay RNLI lifeboat had a second call out shortly before 4.30 yesterday afternoon, following reports of a surfer in difficulty at Strandhill Beach.
However, the surfer subsequently reached the shore safely without assistance.